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    Demonstrate how to clarify the intent of the message you are communicating.

 

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate how to clarify the intent of the message you are communicating.


Must-Learn

If there's a best jumping off point for learning about the power of language, and fine tuning how you use it to create more harmonious relationships, this is it:
"Your Communication INTENT Versus The Meaning of Your Communication"

It's pretty straight-forward. We all confuse our intent with the actual meaning of what we communicate.


Learn-On-Need

Let's say you have something in your head you want to get across. You have some sort of intent about what you want the other person to understand. However, it's YOUR intent, in your head, and it's not yet (and may never be) in the head of the other person.

The meaning of your communication is different. Meaning is about what the OTHER person "gets" from what you say, and that's something THAT person constructs in his or her own head based on a number of factors including:
  • YOUR tone of voice
  • The specific words YOU choose
  • The context of the conversation
  • The experiences of the other person with you, the subject
  • The current emotional state of the other person
  • The specific meanings the other person has for each of the words you use, both in terms of the actual meaning (denotative meaning), and their emotional associations with those words (connotative meaning).
While your INTENT is clear in YOUR head, there are many factors that involve the translation of your intent to what ends up as meaning in the head of the other person.
 


Learn-On-Need

Let's say you have something in your head you want to get across. You have some sort of intent about what you want the other person to understand. However, it's YOUR intent, in your head, and it's not yet (and may never be) in the head of the other person.

The meaning of your communication is different. Meaning is about what the OTHER person "gets" from what you say, and that's something THAT person constructs in his or her own head based on a number of factors including:
  • YOUR tone of voice
  • The specific words YOU choose
  • The context of the conversation
  • The experiences of the other person with you, the subject
  • The current emotional state of the other person
  • The specific meanings the other person has for each of the words you use, both in terms of the actual meaning (denotative meaning), and their emotional associations with those words (connotative meaning).
While your INTENT is clear in YOUR head, there are many factors that involve the translation of your intent to what ends up as meaning in the head of the other person.
 

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