Thursday, August 11, 2016
Saying ‘Look’ isn’t a good way to begin answering a question
On August 9, 2016 at the Playbook page for the American Management Association (AMA) Beth Noymer Levine wrote about Not A Good ‘Look...’ Avoid This Public Speaking Faux Pas. She was irritated by political commentators using that word frequently. It is self-centered rather than audience centered.
When I read her article I began laughing, since back on July 19th Stephan Pastis had a more specific Pearls Before Swine cartoon on that topic. His dialogue was:
“Rat: Want to play a drinking game with me?
Goat: What is it?
Rat: You drink a beer every time a CNN political analyst begins their answer with the word ‘look’.
Goat: O.K. I’ll play for a few minutes.
Goat: (lying drunkenly on his back) Curse yoo, David Gergen.”
Another way you can irritate your audience is to tell them to Write This Down.