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Communication is like a paper-towel paradox: the thicker the explanation the less absorbent the message.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 6, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If it don't make sense and the explanations that follow make even less sense...methinks the person doth protest too much.

When you mess up a communication - stop, think, accept the burden of error, and speak concisely, with clarity.

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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

Ancient communication wisdom: Catcheth thou and stoppeth thou before thou doth protest too much.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 5, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There's a good reason why Shakespeare put that "doth protest too much" line in Hamlet. Many people are unable to express an objection and leave it at that. Rather, many people express an objection and go on and on...providing either gory details or more examples, or both.

Now I must stop here before I too doth protest too much...

...it would, for example, be wrong to deliver a ripe example of this I witnessed as recently as...

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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

A thin skull allows important stuff to get in easier.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 4, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Mistakes bang into and bounce off thick skulls.

This annoys Mistakes because their role is teaching lessons.

The problem is: When thick skulls won't let them in Mistakes cannot teach lessons to thick-skulled brains.

So Mistakes keep coming back, knocking on thick skulls over and over and over again.

While Mistakes are born to be great teachers, over time they tend to develop an uppity attitude and a nasty sense of humour. Even when they've given up on teaching well-concealed brains Mistakes have no desire to stop knocking on the thick skulls that house those brains.

The key foresight point is: We can count on Mistakes to come back over and over again to knock on our skulls if we keep them thick.

The bottom line is: As long as our skulls remain thick we will never have the opportunity to learn the lessons taught by Mistakes.

 

Recipe for Complication: mix up some simple things, set basic courtesy on the back burner, & watch people get heated up.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 4, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When we do simple things right we pave smoother paths. When we are courteous or at least civil with others we pave smoother paths. When we do not do these things we should expect a rough road ahead.

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Humour | Seeking Simple! | Thought Tweets

Trust your gut feel...after all, the fast food industry trusts your gut feel.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 3, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sometimes your gut feel gets you into trouble...despite the warning signs from your tightening belt.

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Humour | Thought Tweets

Give yourself injections of that oxymoron, Constructive Criticism

by Rick Baker
On Jun 2, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Create a Do It Yourself Hormesis Program, aimed at thickening your skin and building your tolerance for other people's shortcomings. 

CAUTION: If you are like most people then your initial tolerance for criticism will be unbelievably low...so start with very low doses of self-criticism. And, build the doses up slowly over time...until you are able to face your screaming vein-bulging face in the mirror. 

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