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I think we can all agree…

Dear Reader,

I watched the talented Olivia Liddell deliver a general session talk at Sunshine PHP 19 titled “Think Like a Trainer: Strategies for Improving Your Communication Skills”.

One of my takeaways was “When trying to teach others, stop saying things like ‘As we all know’, ‘You JUST need to do this’, or ‘You SIMPLY need to do that'”.

I am going to add one more to this, ‘I think we can all agree’.

There are very few things in this world that we all agree on. It is great that you have strongly held beliefs, I do to. I’ve had mine mocked in a blog post by someone I considered a friend.

Stop assuming everyone agrees with you. Stop being insulting to those who do not.

If you want your message to be heard, you are better served by keeping those closely held beliefs that do not relate to the point you are teaching, to yourself.

It is great that we all want to teach each other.

We have to respect each other. We have to not go out of our way to insult each other.

I think we can all agree on that. :)

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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