On the Impact of Diction

At work, we’ve been having conversations about diction and its associated impact. Most commonly, we’ve been discussing the use of the phrase “You guys” when addressing a group which contains at least one female. Some of the concerns are that the phrase may lead to feelings of exclusion or disrespect as only the male members are recognized and addressed; the female members are regarded almost as second-class citizens in this way. To respond to this problem, people have been working on diction awareness and word choice when communicating.
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There and Back Again

I’m late again on posting my weekly blog post. I’m going to have to start writing these ahead of time because Friday isn’t always the best opportunity for me to make the time to write and post this up.

This weekend, I was out of town for a wedding. It was a good change of pace from my regular every day. I got the chance to recharge a bit while catching up with some friends who I don’t see nearly as much as I would like to. Today, I’m just going to share some of my reflections coming out of this weekend.

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Write It All Down

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.

–David Allen

Today I’m going to talk about something simple that can greatly impact your work and life: writing things down. It might sound lame, but hear me out. This isn’t merely about forgetting things (although, yes, writing things down will help fix the problem of your working memory as well). This is about starting to turn off your life’s autopilot.
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