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Chrm Message From: nicole_j Total Posts: 35 Join Date: 25/08/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 17/11/2006 09:19:03 Points: 175 Location: United States

An anecdote on communication and assumptions..

A king sent a message to the ruler of a neighbouring country. The message read: "Send me a blue diamond as large as a pigeon's egg or else..."

The king on getting the message wrote back:

"We don't have such a diamond and if we had..."

The first king got very angry and declared war on his neighbour. The fighting went on for several months till a third king arranged a meeting between the two warring rulers. So they met and the first king said to the other: "What did you mean when you said, 'Send me a blue diamond as large as a pigeon's egg or else...'?"

"Why," he replied, "I meant a blue diamond as large as a pigeon's egg or else... some other diamond. I love diamonds. But what did you mean when you said, 'We don't have such a diamond and if we had-'?"

"It is easy to guess my meaning," said the other man. "What I wanted to say was, if we had such a diamond we would have gladly sent it to you."

The Kings pledged to write more clearly in future communications and embraced and made peace.

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Chrm Message From: arlenemariedaniels Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 25/08/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 08/07/2011 03:46:07 Points: 10 Location: United States
Great anecdotes both! Very useful, I might just use them in our future meetings. In addition, let me add a nice book I've read lately. It contains an entire chapter about effective communication. There's even specific techniques that you can use if you want to talk to your bosses about something. The book is "The Dark Clouds at Work" by Dr. Darryl Cross. Check out their website here ->

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