George Bernard Shaw, the early 20th century playwright and polemicist once said that “Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap.” We couldn’t agree more. Effective communication is about more than just the words you use.
Don’t misunderstand me; words matter. You should always say what you mean and mean what you say. And semantics is about more than simple wordsmithing. It’s about embedding meaning into your email, blog post, whitepaper, lecture, speech, or tweet. This is the foundation for all communication.
Building on this sturdy base, truly effective communication requires, by definition, that your full meaning is received and understood by your audience. This is where things get tricky. And this is what Bernard Shaw meant by unwrapping the object delivered through words. Once your perfectly crafted sentence enters the audience’s eyes or ears it must then be interpreted by that individual. Their interpretation, heavily influenced by their experience, perspective, and bias is what they take away from your message – even if the receiver has mangled your meaning in the process.
This is why you must start with the end in mind, know your audience, and speak in their language – taking their worldview, knowledge, and prior beliefs fully into account. Only once you have done this can you hope to communicate effectively.
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