Good Stuff

Tips, tricks and techniques that help you explore and enjoy your communication awareness.

Quote of the Day

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
- George Bernard Shaw
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Dear Jane

Dear Jane,

My boss doesn’t, like, involve me in meetings, and she’s, like, not interested in my opinions.  I mean, she’s, like, dismissive of me whenever I, like, ask to be on a special, like committee, or, you know, group or something.

What can I do to, like, get her to respect me more?

Thanks,

Want to be a professional

Dear Want to be,

Try speaking like a professional, or at least like a grown-up.  It’s not hard to do; listen to the professional people around you.

Some of us have only one communication register, but many of you can develop several.  Explore a new one.

Good luck,

Jane

Tip of the Day

Using I and me.

Confusion arises when others enter the picture. Most of us have no problem here:

I am going to finish the document.

Send the proofs to me.


But, for many, the inclusion of other people brings trouble.

Figaro and (I? me?) are going to finish the document.

Send the proofs to Figaro and (I? me?).


Good news! There is no change in the use of I or me.

Figaro and I are going to finish the document.

Send the proofs to Figaro and me.


When describing action that includes others, just remove those others for a minute in your mind and proceed as you would if they weren’t there.

My team and ( _____) are in the running for first place. (I!)

They’ll have to give the prize to Ansel and (____) if we win. (me!)


Would that all grammar issues were so simple…

Spotlight

Spotlight:  Speaking of Professionalism

People sometimes wonder what is meant by ‘professionalism’.  It’s a term that is used a lot to describe a level of achievement or behavior, presumably typified by proficiency and integrity.  In many fields, it also refers to a style of speaking, one that reflects attention to standards of correctness.  This professional style of speaking is one that can be appreciated and understood across lines of industry, age, or job title.  It usually doesn’t include the slang or buzzwords that one might use with friends or social associates.  Problems sometimes arise when people fail to switch from their casual speech patterns when they’re in professional settings, and they risk being perceived negatively.  Unfair?  Maybe – Life isn’t fair – and language does matter.

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