Landmark Forum emphasizes on the use of appropriate words while communicating

This post was written by Nathan Miller

President Woodrow Wilson had said once, “If you come to me with your fists doubled, I assure that I can double up my fists faster than you do. However, if you come for a negotiation on the table, you will not find a warmer person than me.” What does this quote signify? It says that brute force cannot take you anywhere but subtlety can surely do so. This is the basic motto of the Landmark Forum.

How does one develop this trait of dealing with people? It is not at all difficult? Have you ever tried arguing with a policeman? The more you convince him that he is wrong, the more he will be convinced that he is right.

Words do matter, especially the way you use them. You can say the same thing in a different manner that could be acceptable to him. The following story can throw more light on the matter.

There was a noted Emperor in India who had the habit of discussing his dreams with his ministers. One fine morning he stated that he had a dream in which he lost all his teeth except one. He wanted to know the significance of the dream. All his ministers and astrologers huddled together. They did not want to give an answer that could incur the wrath of the Emperor. The consulted amongst themselves and concluded that the lone surviving tooth represented the Emperor himself. They stated that his entire relatives will die before him. The Emperor got angry and called for the court jester. The court jester listened to the case and remarked that the lone tooth definitely represented the Emperor but added that he would live much longer than his relatives. The Emperor was very happy and showered the jester with gifts.

The moral of the story is not whether the Emperor was a foolish man or anything of the sort. The moral is that one should use appropriate words while making a statement. In fact, the astrologers and the jester meant the same thing but the jester put forward his views in a manner, acceptable to the Emperor. What does this story signify? This story emphasizes the use of words in the right manner. It brings the concept of effective communication into the picture. If you are able to put forth your viewpoints clearly and effectively, you have won half the battle.

Youngsters should learn these traits early in life. They have to contend with their bosses as well as the subordinates at the same time. They have to perform the role of a vital link between the top management cadre and the worker class. If you manage to learn the skill of effective communication, you stand to benefit a lot. You can bring these skills to the fore while writing a Landmark Forum review. These reviews have a great significance because they can influence the decision of future participants of the course. A good review can definitely have a positive impact on the outcome.

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