Can you hear me?

Posted: March 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

You’ve been in the meetings. The speaker stands in front of the room and asks if everyone can hear him, then someone pipes up and says something like, “no I can’t”. The one who speaks up feels like he is the smartest one in the room because, he has used his sarcasm to point out the flaws in the speakers statement.

See the “smartest” man in the room may not be the smartest man in the room. For me intelligence is the ability to acquire and use knowledge. If the “smartest” man in the room used his intelligence he would realize that, the statement can you hear me is a different question. The question, can you hear me, alludes to an understanding.  A better way to phrase the question, can you hear me, would be does everyone understand me. So, why not ask, do you understand me? Well if you were to ask, does everyone understand me, prior to a speech it would seem foolish. You haven’t brought forth any information yet. So at the onset asking, can you hear me, works on many levels.

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Truly hearing someone means understanding and we may not have an understanding of someone when we are trying to be the “smartest” person in the room. Perhaps, the best way to answer can you hear me is with a yes or a no. When we use now we can let the speaker know what it is we do not understand.





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