Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

Some words are just too similar

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IMG_4312-3Many mornings I head to the gym long before the rest of the family is out of bed. Sometimes, I talk to my wife before I leave.

“Heading to the gym.”

“Why?”

“Why am I heading to the gym? Because I like to.”

“OK. Why?”

I think she’s saying “bye.”

“Bye.”

“Bye.”

This could have gone on for a while….

And while this is a super harmless example, mishearing words that sound similar can lead to huge miscommunications.

So, when a response doesn’t make sense in your own context, let’s remember to ask clarifying and non-accusatory questions.

It might just be a misunderstanding and nobody involved intended for the conversation to go down the path it was heading for.

She was certainly not looking for a 60-minute presentation on why going to the gym is good there. And I had no slides prepared anyway.




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Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph ctrappe@christophtrappe.com 319-389-9853

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