Riding our bicycles the other morning we passed what seemed like a never-ending line of telephone poles—a line of communication—standing smartly at attention. It made me think of the game “gossip” where someone whispers a bit of information into a person’s ear, it’s passed along in the same manner, and by the time the last person shares it out loud with the group, it’s changed considerably from the original message.
That line of thinking caused me examine my own communication and ask:
Am I clear, concise, and articulate?
Do I say what I mean, and mean what I say?
Do I deliver my message like a nail gun—hammering each point home? Or do I deliver it with graceful strength that leaves the recipient’s dignity in tact?
In other words, would I want to be on the receiving end of my own delivery style?
My mother used to say, “Laurie, make your words sweet and tender today, for tomorrow you may have to eat them.”
How’s your line of communication?
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
– Laurie Buchanan
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