WHAT IS YOU PASSION?
ABBA use to be my passion, but that has changed over time. I love music. I like deciphering the lyrics and learning the story behind the song.
When I grew, I travelled. Sweden, the birthplace of my beloved childhood idols was definitely on my list of places to visit. The world was my oyster and I was organized to see it all.
As a young Aussie girl who spent most of my life in the bush, Europe was exciting. It was different. I struggled with language and communication. I had not learned a language other than English, let alone hearing other languages.
Travel refined my communication skills. I could engage with people through connecting with our eyes and using non-verbal cues. Mime was always my personal preference. Italy was my classroom for expressing emotion and passion.
Ignorant to most verbal interactions occurring around me, I began to read people well and pick up on other cues such as actions, tone and volume. I was having fun.
I fell in love. He was English. He was from London. I loved his Cockney language. I loved his accent. I loved him.
“Bollocks” was a term I learnt from my private English tutor. ‘Bollocks’ was a great word and it seemed to be used in a wide range on contexts. I liked the way the word ‘bollocks’ feels when you say it with a Cockney accent. ‘Bollocks’ became one of my favorite words.
Anyway, I met my future in-laws. I loved them. They were so warm and welcoming, open and down to earth. I felt so comfortable.
I can’t remember when I began to share my new-found Cockney language, but I started strong. “Bollocks to this, that was bollocks, bollocks, bollocks, bollocks.” I just kept going with the “bollocks”.
My soon to be mother-in-law took me aside and let me know that the language I was using was not nice. I asked what the term meant, she wouldn’t tell me. Later, I asked my soon to husband why his mother didn’t like such a cool word? He laughed.
Language is an important part of communication, but not the only part. It is important to be informed and use language properly. Understand what you are saying and be clear about your purpose when using language. Be clear about your passion when using language. Be mindful of the physical, nonverbal communication you are using – ensure the physical matches meaning with language.
The way we communicate affects meaning. The words coupled with action, impacts how communication is interpreted.
Try a “Dancing Queen’ approach to BAM Communication. When delivering important ideas, plans or consequences ensure you build authentic and meaningful communication – BAM Communication for Business. As a communication expert, the ‘Dancing Queen Communicator’ could tell an employee that employment was terminated, and the employee would say “Thank You”. I have witnessed this. As an artful communicator you can build authenticity and meaning to business communication.
KEY CONCEPTS IN BAM COMMUNICATION
Building Authenticity and Meaning in Business Communication is non-threatening yet powerful. BAM communication speaks from the heart. It is empathetic and authentic. It is honest, reflective and informative. BAM Communication honors the person and the business. It is simple and direct.
BAM Communication builds authenticity and meaning in business relationships. The cornerstone of BAM Communication is based on four easy principles. These are:
Like the lyrics in all good ABBA songs, BAM Communication is clear, concise and repeats. It has a pattern that works. Themes are obvious. It is easy to remember. It is engaging. It is effective.