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Communication Notebook

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Now I will do nothing but listen… I hear all sounds running together, combined, fused or following, sounds of the city and sounds out of the city, sounds of the day and night.
– Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.
– Maurice White, cited by Allee Willis

If you want to change the way people think, you can educate them, brainwash them, bribe them, drug them. Or you can teach them a few carefully chosen new words with the power to change the way you see the world (or as the Germans would say, these words might warp your Weltanschauung).
– Howard Rheingold, They Have a Word for It

Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.
– African Proverb

He aha te kai o te rangatira? He Korero, he korero, he korero. (What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.)
Maori Proverb

If we don’t engage in constructing a new framework, then we will find ourselves unprepared for dealing with complex, difficult, challenging issues.
Patrick Dodson

Is our storytelling keeping up with our diverse cultural reality?
Beyond the Anglosphere, ABC (2009)

Give people a fun, exciting ‘catch’ activity and use that as the baseline from which more meaningful dialogue can evolve.
– Tom Walter, comment posted on Storytelling Now

Would the people who do not know how to communicate please SHUT UP.
Tom Lehrer

Attention is scarce — more valuable than cash and rarer than gold. When you get some, embrace it and find out how to get more.
– Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, Trust Economies

To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation.
– Chinese Proverb

How do we listen to Earth’s distress call?
Arthur C Clarke

It’s never too late to pick up the phone.
– Michael Franti, Everyone deserves music

How about we do something more powerful, more meaningful? What if we helped cities express themselves and share their voices? My first thought was to ask the people of Pittsburgh what they want to share with the world. That’s one way to think about it. My next thought was to give them the tools, show them how, and get the most authentic voice.
– Chris Brogan, How Bloggers Can Work With Tourism Boards

Newspapers are just blogs that get ink on your fingers.
– Stephen Colbert

The question of where the money goes is, of course, one of the hardest to pin down with hard, reliable figures because vested interests are either trying to prove it does indeed ‘trickle down’ and benefit everyone in the local community, or that it most certainly doesn’t. But from just talking to many low-level tourism workers around the world – the chambermaids, the taxi drivers, the waiters etc – I must report that the latter seemed to be much nearer the truth. Improving the quality of the data available will clearly help to better answers all of the questions you raise about tourists having the knowledge to book the ‘right’ holiday, or for communities to make the best decisions about how the manage and nurture their destinations.
– Leo Hickman

If you use email, you have a spam filter. You block out the sales pitches, fake information, and random noise that constantly flow toward your inbox. In the coming week, I urge you to expand your concept of what constitutes spam by shielding yourself against all the other junk food for thought that besieges you. Be ruthlessly discerning about the toxins that spew from the radio, TV, Web, newspapers, and magazines. Minimize your contact with narcissists who think ‘conversation’ consists of you soaking up their compulsive self-revelations.
– Rob Brezsny, Free Will Astrology

I have so much information but know not what to do. I could call you on the telephone, but that would be too much for me to do.
– Poi Dog Pondering, Sound of Water

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
– Pablo Picasso

I’m a part of a circle of friends and we notice you don’t come around. I think it all depends on you touching ground with us.
– Eddie Brickel, The Circle

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
– Winston Churchill

Improving communication is often #12 on a 10-point priority list.
– Conversation

When you hang out with Mexicans and you speak Spanish, you are in a different México.
– Conversation

Talk to each other.
– Keb’ Mo’, Peace

When you know you are listened to, everything changes.
– Conversation

Many people want to want to communicate.
– Conversation

We all want freedom of speech, but we all talking at the same time.
– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire

Everybody wants to tell their neighbors how to live. But nobody wants to listen to how they feel.
– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Is your love enough, Yell Fire

Why do I want to speak in Spanish when I won’t understand the response?
– Conversation

Erst in der Beschränking zeigt sich der Meister (The real skill is not showing all the data, but in being able to give useful information).
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Vox Populi, Vox Dei)
– Alcuin

What would you like to communicate?
– Conversation

What are appropriate topics for small talk?
– Conversation

Our critics are our friends, they show us our faults.
– Benjamin Franklin

I believe in all that has not yet been spoken.
– Rainer Maria Rilke

Don’t talk about the weather.

Being strapped for funds — the norm for conservation in Olancho — should never be reason for inaction. Some of the most important and genuinely sustainable projects are extensive conversations which don’t cost anything.
– Mark Bonta, Seven Names for the Bellbird

Who do we need to listen?
– World Bank official, cited in Reflections from the World Bank

Have your say.
– Popular expression

It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
– Popular expression, Mexico

Start looking forward to opening the lid of your mailbox again.
– Martin Hughes, Slow Guide Melbourne

El correo es tuyo ¡úsalo!

When you greet a stranger, look at his shoes.

We’ll bookmark that page.
– Conversation

Your thoughts are not automatically in other people’s heads.
– Conversation

The challenge of ‘thinking outside the box’ is communicating with others.
– Conversation

If the earth spoke, would we listen?
– Conversation

Let’s give them something to talk about.
– Bonnie Raitt

When a man is deprived of the power of expression, he will express himself in a drive for power.
– José Arguelles, quoted in Original Blessing

What are the things we don’t talk about?
– Conversation

A conversation occurs when two or more people listen to each other over time.
– Conversation

Conversations are blessings.
– Conversation

Knock three times on the ceiling.
– Tony Orlando

What life by yonder window breaks? It speaks and yet says nothing.
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Don’t hide your light under a bushel.
– Jesus, Sermon on the Mount


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