Friday, March 6, 2009


When I was in the Navy we had a form of communication for shipboard activities.

"Conn, Maneuvering : the reactor has scrammed!" The reply was "Maneuvering, the Reactor has scrammed, Aye."

So the form was the addressee, speaker : message then the reply was original speaker's position : message followed by Aye.  This way the communication was verified that it was received & understood by repeating what you heard.  Many messages were not as short as the above but could become very complicated.

If we used this form of communication today; there would be less chance for error.  Many times when we are "listening" to a speaker, we are more concerned with constructing our reply than hearing what is said.

Of course, now a days my memory is not as great and I wonder if I had kept up the "Navy" skill it would be better.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”
Anthony Robbins

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

communication (n) 1 the imparting or exchanging of information or news :  a letter or message containing such information or news. • the successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings : there was a lack of communication  2 ( communications) means of connection between people or places, in particular • the means of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers : satellite communications 
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French comunicacion, from Latin communicatio(n-), from the verb communicare ‘to share’ 

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