Getting Over Yourself

October 16, 2009

What’s the difference between $250,000 and a quarter of a million dollars?

Filed under: Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 9:19 am

A news report outlining the financial tangle of Congressional Representative Charles Rangel, spoke as though these were two different numbers. The first problem was described as being for $250,000. And when the second one was listed, the reporter delivered the message with heightened drama indicating that this one was even worse! This was one was a quarter of a million dollars!!!

Two lessons occurred to me as I listened. One was that you can sometimes get yourself in trouble by changing up the way you say two things that mean the same thing–repeating it the same way would make it easier to track.

And the other lesson was that your voice needs to help the listener follow your message. In this case, since they both meant the same thing, the voice should have made it clear that was the case. So, if you’re in the moment and processing your message, that should happen automatically.

Stay focused, stay thinking, and don’t try to be clever.


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