Sometimes I really abhor project proposals and order requests . . . I mean, really really abhor them. Why? Because many times when I present an idea or proposition, I find that not everyone will “get” it or understand my enthusiasm. This goes with any presentation one might give at work or school. What I realized tonight as I was reading New Testament: It’s Literature and Theology by Paul J. Achtemeier, was when he proposed the thought that, “only a small portion of the meaning of any utterance is represented by the actual words used, whether it is spoken or written.” Literally he is saying that sometimes we cannot “speak what is on our minds.”
Just like over emails and text-messaging, we cannot always correctly explain or present why we are thinking what we think or act the way we do. So, when I present to my staff how we should focus on connecting with our clients via mobile apps, I have to understand that I need to try to accurately explain what I see in my mind. If I fail to do this, chances are they are going to see a blurry idea of my project. Not only do they need to understand the reason why I feel the way I do about this project presentation, I need to try to understand some of the reactions and feelings they may feel towards what I present. They may react in a totally negative way towards my project, and if so, I need to try to see the reason why. Sometimes you may find that their reason for or against your presentation may be more valid than yours.
Language is such a fragile thing, and I believe we Americans take it for granted. We water it down to emoticons and shorthands that far from help others understand how we really feel about what we just said. So, tonight, I’ve learned that when I am given the opportunity to present a thought or idea, I need to do it with the upmost clarity. When someone else is talking or presenting something to me, I ought to give them all the attention necessary and try to understand the meaning of what they are saying. Give people the benefit of the doubt when you don’t understand what they just said. Take time to analyze why they just reacted the way they did do what you just spoke of.
It seems too deep and quite overwhelming to have to think on every thing that someone says. But there was a time where people knew that when given the chance, they could change the world. Words and the ability to speak before an audience was at times more important to them than food and water, the essence of life. These people are our ancient teachers, philosophers, inventors, politicians, religious figures, and more. We stand today on their shoulders. Should we not want our future generations to stand on ours?