Start at the beginning…

June 30, 2008

Let’s start by honoring a guy who knew how to communicate in a clear, direct and entertaining way — in such a way that you can still recite to this day: “I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant’s faithful one hundred percent.” Of course those are the immortal words of Dr. Suess’s 1968 book Horton Hatches the Egg, a book that still teaches responsibility and integrity 40 years later.

But it was the part about saying what you mean and meaning what you say that always captured my imagination. How often do we see THAT happen? I know a guy who says that 80 percent of the time, we leave a conversation either misunderstanding the other person or being misunderstood by them. We can’t affort a statistic like that. We can’t afford to be missing connections that often.

So that’s why I’m here. Despite being a professional communicator for more than 10 years, I learn something new about it every single day. I want to share what I’m learning, and I hope you’ll share too. Maybe if we’re all talking about it… practicing!… we can get better at this together.

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