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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: ArYaN Total Posts: 12 Join Date: 25/08/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 17/11/2006 09:37:22 Points: 60 Location: United States

Hello nicole,

See this for a communication - a modern one .... perhaps already seen too, yet a subtle communication.

I've got constraints of changing the fonts. For a real good view of this copy this on to a word document pehaps 18 point any type face Times or whatever... you will be able to appreciate it even more.

How to ask your Boss for a salary increase..?

One day you send a letter to your boss asking for an increase in your salary!

Dear Bo$$

In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company. I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon.

Your$ $incerely,

The next day, you received this letter of reply:

Oh my dear:

I kNOw you have been working very hard. NOwadays, NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticeably well as yet.

NOw the newspaper are saying the world`s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession. After the NOvember presidential elections things may turn bad.

I have NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what I mean.

Yours truly,

- aRyAn

Chrm Message From: prakashpanidepu Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 25/08/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 14/07/2010 17:19:32 Points: 10 Location: United States

Good Ones...These kind miscommunication will happen between the BOSS and Subordinate on daily instances.some times these are funny..


Chrm Message From: vasudev.anu Total Posts: 9 Join Date: 25/08/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 18/09/2010 00:53:18 Points: 45 Location: United States

great illustrations on communication...need to strike a balance between brevity and subtlety ...

jus like skirt tht short to create attractiveness and tht long to cover the essentials....



Anu VAsudev chandra

Chrm Message From: bijalkan Total Posts: 3 Join Date: 25/08/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 19/09/2010 10:42:25 Points: 15 Location: United States
i think these are enough replies to nderstand the exact answer. helped alot. thank you

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