What Language Are You Speaking?

Congratulations on your decision to buy _____________ (fill in the blank).

Don’t worry about all the paperwork of the legal jargon just sign here and here and here and we’ll take are of everything else for you…

Too often when we decide to make a purchase the requires signing paperwork that includes agreeing to things that we don’t take the time to read through it just might lead to something harmful. In the end though we’re willing to do sign and move on because we don’t understand what has been written down.

In most situations if we were to take the time to read through the extra paperwork it might take a while, but in the end, we would find that it does make sense. Even though some of it truly is repetitive hogwash that is there to cover someone’s backside.

Most of the confusion comes when someone tries to explain it to us.

Either they have no idea of what they’re trying to tell us, or they are putting it in terms that they completely understand but no one else can because they feel everyone else speaks at the same level of comprehension as they do.

When speaking to others it’s necessary to speak at their level of understanding otherwise they won’t be listening very long. If you’re an attorney and you’re speaking to other attorneys it’s okay to talk in legal jargon, but if your audience is familiar with legal terminology then it’s best to scale the language back and use words they understand. This applies to written as well as verbal.

I do believe that it’s so important to make certain you understand you’re talking at the same level is so important I want to take this one step further.

How often have you had a conversation go sour because the other person just couldn’t agree with you over something that you felt was so simple?

Here’s the question I have, were you both talking about the same thing? When the discussion starts to get heated make sure that you’re first talking about the same thing before trying to resolve anything.

Believe in yourself,

Warren La Duke

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