The Language Gap: Using Effective Business Communication Skills

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“If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think.”  - David Ogilvy

David Ogilvy, the famous marketing and sales executive, said it this way, “If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think.” Nelson Mandela said it like this: “If you talk to [people] in a language [they] understand, that goes to [their] heads. If you talk to [them] in [their] language, that goes to [their] heart.”

The ability to communicate—whether to persuade or just to understand—goes beyond using words well; it requires the ability to use words in a way that has meaning for those with whom you are speaking. The ability to talk with someone in his or her native language isn’t just about them understanding you; it’s about you understanding them—their experiences, their thinking, their beliefs, and their values. While definitions lie in words, meaning lies in the people who use them.

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