Use the right words
“If it’s any constellation…” I told my friend Brendan, who very swiftly laughed and replied “any set of stars...?”
“Consolation, ahhh” I corrected.
While listening to a podcast this week I cringed after the third time the guest, a lawyer, CEO, and leader told the host how her ideas really “‘resignated’ with her audience”
Her ‘ideas’ are not quitting, they are resonating, I thought to myself.
During my next podcast I observed the host claim that “Afghanistan is a ‘suppository’ of natural resources”. Repository may have been a better choice.
For better or worse, the words we use are the way we present ourselves to the world, and it's amazing how one simple mix-up can detract from the quality of the message.
Although I always feel a twinge of embarrassment when I fumble with language, honest peer feedback is essential to improve oration.
Be considerate of your words, and tactfully help others do the same.
Now that’s a peak ethos.