Thursday, August 13, 2009
One Way To Avoid Misunderstandings...!
Sometimes it's best to gather all the facts before starting a discourse with someone.
It can prevent any unfortunate misunderstandings later. Here is a good example...!
The Navy Chief noticed a new seaman and barked at him "Get over here! What's your name?"
"Paul" the new seaman replied.
"Look, I don't know what kind of bleeding heart, pansy crap they're teaching sailors in boot camp today, but I don't call anybody by their first name. It breeds familiarity and leads to a breakdown in authority! I refer to my sailors by their last names only; Smith, Jones, Baker...I am referred to only as 'Chief'! Do I make myself clear?"
" Aye Chief!"
"Now that we've got that straight, what's your last name?"
"Darling...my name is Paul Darling."
"OK, Paul, here's what I want you to do..."
By asking for and accepting full answers before the conversation begins, the facts can discussed more intelligently with fewer chances of being side tracked. Let's talk TO each other, and not DOWN to each other!
Now, my friends, let's get some coffee and sit outside a bit...before it becomes too hot!