Honor the Audience

No man is an island.

—John Donne

Ok. You may be saying. I get it; it’s not about me. But who is it about?

Ah. That is the appropriate question, grasshopper.

Good communication is like good ballroom dancing: one person leads, intending for the other person to look great and graceful. Yes, the one who leads looks great as well. Yet most people in the know realize that he—or she, as so often happens—is the one responsible for the flair and the fun. The leader of the couple signals his intent and his plan so that the follower can go where she is supposed to go. In time. On beat. And never miss a step.

That’s what you want in good Zen communication: that your audience goes with you in time and space to where you want ...

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