Do you speak my language?

///Do you speak my language?

Do you speak my language?

When I came home from the office the other day, my wife was nowhere to be found, so I went out to see if she was in the garden.  Sure enough she was busy in one of the out houses preparing new bedding for our cat hotel guests. (Yes we have a cat hotel).  When she saw me she said “Hi Sweety, would you like to come and see the Christmas lights in the hotel?”  Now to any inhabitant of planet Earth who understands English they would logically interpret this simple question for what it is: a friendly invitation to see the Christmas lights.  They might even read in some extra implied information like: ‘I am proud of the way I put them up’, or ‘look how pretty they are’ or other such invitation for some appreciation.

But I speak a different language. I speak and understand EnglishPlus. This is a special language that I have learned over the years of being married.  And with this superior linguistic skill I can understand the following:

  1. That my wife has spent a great deal of time putting up the Christmas decorations.
  2. That she, most likely tested the lights before she put them up (because she always does).
  3. That she knows that I know what they look like because they are very similar each year.

But my EnglishPlus skills also allow me to identify unique variants on the pronunciation of individual words (in this case her accent on the word ‘like’) and because of this skill I can reliably deduct that the Christmas lights are not working and that she would like me to drop what I am doing and immediately get to work to fix them.

Half an hour later, a faulty connector socket in the transformer unit is bypassed and a direct electrical connection is established and insulated for safety. Lights working.

Happy wife, happy Harley. Time for tea and toast.

So the point I am making is that sometimes it does not matter how well you understand words, you will never get the meaning unless you watch, listen and observe and understand that there is something much deeper going on when we communicate with each other.

Have a great week,

Harley

 

2016-11-17T08:23:38+00:00 0 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic ‘we can do this’ kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time.

Harley is a motivational ‘people person’ who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery.

Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches,
Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; ‘The Change Manager’s Handbook’, ‘Transition’, ‘Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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