Writing a book that passes judgment on good and bad communication techniques is like stirring up a bee hive. You better be ready to get stung. I take a lot of shots in Eureka! at annoying habits, poor communication style, and ineffective techniques. I did my best to use examples that came from people and works that I have the utmost respect for. Furthermore, I have clearly learned much of what doesn’t work well from my own mistakes.
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My last few blog posts have dealt rather abstractly with selling and persuading. I will close this thread with a practice-what-you-preach example and apply the 8W model to communicate the value of my new book, Eureka! Discover and enjoy the hidden power of the English language. (more…)
Eureka puzzles are word search puzzles for teaching teamwork and diversity of thought. To solve them you must deduce the theme by determining enough of the hidden elements that are disguised in a set of short sentences. The hidden elements could be words in a sentence, or words within words or syllables, or letter sequences, or many other such elements. The themes could be almost anything. There is something in each sentence that binds it to the other sentences as a set with a cohesive and well-defined identity.
English is a wonderfully diverse language. If you ask fifty different people to describe an object, an event, or an idea, you will get fifty different perspectives, each articulated with distinct words and style. There are no absolutes—no best writer, best speaker, best style—and no best words. However, there are patterns and principles of English usage that are generally persuasive and misusage patterns that are generally ineffective.
Communications are the foundation for humans to live together in harmony. Most of us would benefit from improving our communications skills. This should come as no surprise: Millions of teachers, parents, and supervisors emphasize this every day. Yet it seems like our communications skills are not improving. School-age children and young adults, aspiring workers, and even mature professionals seem disinterested in their communications skills. Plenty of good stuff is available to teach people who are motivated to learn. Therein lies the problem: lack of motivation. My contention is that people who really enjoy the English language are much more motivated to improve.
What three words are OK to think and write, but would probably be incorrect if spoken?
Answer: I am speechless.