I am all Ears

Michelle Stanley By Michelle Stanley, 21st Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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"Be careful what you say, or it may come back to haunt you. Speak the truth, or speak it never."

I am all Ears

Communication is an art, and there are so many people who have yet to master this. How a person speaks to another can make all the difference in translation. Two persons can relay the same message to an individual, but how it is done, whether verbally or written can be interpreted differently.

One of my lecturers at college taught Human Resources. Mr. Brown always came to class "slightly drunk," told numerous amusing stories that took place at companies where he had worked, and about countries he traveled to. He seldom gave notes, but other students and I could be seen scribbling on our notepads.

When we sat our final exams, a couple of students were heard complaining that the questions on the test paper were not topics we had discussed in class. There were wrong. Mr. Brown was a jovial drunk who kept to the syllabus provided by the college. If my classmates had listened keenly to the anecdotes told by this lecturer, instead of only laughing at them, they would have realized that these stories were in fact, case studies. Needless to say, I passed my exam.

I heard it through the grapevine

I once saw an advertising sales representative drive a car with a sign that said, "If you want people to know your business, tell me." I can take this quote and point it at a few persons and places too. A beauty salon comes to mind. Drop into a beauty salon if you want to hear gossip on your neighbour, so called best friend, or news on the latest happenings in town.

This is the place where truth often becomes fiction. An innocent comment, or conversation will sooner or later be reviewed, edited, and tweaked to meet the self appointed story teller's satisfaction. The cell phones will then be whipped out from handbags and pockets to transmit the current breaking news.

Communication comes in all forms. By the end of the day, laptops and computers will be churning out the news heard earlier. FaceBook, Twitter, and private email users will have gotten this information, and the cycle starts all over again. Gossip is a virus that starts from innocent comments; but easily contaminates people, and is often difficult to control. It is up to the individual to think and act responsibly when receiving and relaying information.

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Communicate, Communication, Communication Problems, Communication Skills, Communication Technology

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
I enjoy reading, and writing poetry and prose, as well as articles. Creating fiction stories is what I like to do, but will write on almost any topic that interest me.
www.writer-way.blogspot.com

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you johnnydod for moderating this page. Michelle

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Interesting and informative post filled with a lot of facts!

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
23rd Oct 2013 (#)

Hello Fern,
I'm pleased you found interesting, Cheers, Michelle

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author avatar Mariah
11th Nov 2013 (#)

Absolutely right Michelle
some people thrive on gossip and it's spreads like a virus, contaminating people's lives.
a hair salon can be the worst places as you say.
good write.

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