The Meaning of Words to You

One of the things that has really hit me this week is why Clean Language is so powerful. I wrote a blog last week titled “A full mind is an unproductive mind”. I was quite rightly challenged for a number of reasons, but one that rang true to me was one person felt her mind was very productive and always “feels” full and she argued that in fact the brain is often under used so therefore is un likely to ever be really full.

So what happens to the meaning now that the article is titled An unfocused mind “can” be unproductive.

Now a small change like that can have great meaning. So how often are you misunderstanding or misinterpreting another person. Yesterday I was head down tackling the website and if you have ever heard the expression eat your frogs, my website is one of my biggest and ugliest and I was eating it whole. (I was not in my best place I hope you get the idea) When my business partner and husband mentioned he was getting ahead of himself by doing our accounts. It was Wednesday and we usually to those kind of admin tasks on a Monday. In the moment, I felt really behind . The website was not coming together quite as easily as I had hoped. I felt like I was in quick sand and getting no where fast. So you understand why him getting “ahead” might frustrate me a little.

I found myself saying perhaps you could help me catch up before you get ahead.

Anyway turns out that he meant catch up as the accounts were actually from last Monday.

Had I asked what kind of get ahead then I may have avoided a little moment of frustration.

How do you know if you are really understanding or simply interpreting the people around you?

Thank you for listening




About Step by Step Listening

I am the founder of Step by Step Listening and we started as a company that eradicated fear of failure and guilt for mums, we coached mums and daughters, we then worked with sole trader and small business owners and over the years we developed a unique ability to help people create the family or business they desire by being able to tap into the resource of being able to sell ideas/prodcuts/visions/services in a way that feels right and gets results. For some they are learning to sell and idea to themselves perhaps a dream or an ambition they have had for years, for others it could be selling responsibility and independence to a teenager or perhaps selling a vision or a change of structure to a team. What ever it is we use unique a unique facilitation and group process to help you discover when you are selling in a way that feels right that's like what?
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