A mighty flame arises from a tiny spark. –Dante Alighieri

Enthusiasm is contagious. If we really want to change something, we need enthusiasm.

Motto of the day*
Not what we have 
but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.

 Epicurus
A mighty flame arises from a tiny spark. -Dante Alighieri

Ignite a flame

 

What spark do you want to bring into the world and what do you expect from it? Is it worth standing up for and giving the idea a real chance?

Contagious enthusiasm

 

When people get excited about something, they and their body chemistry get moving. Then the so-called reward system is switched on. Messengers substances are released when the emotional centers in the brain are activated.

Genuine enthusiasm has a contagious effect. If well-prepared ideas are presented, enormous forces can be set in motion and develop a momentum of their own. But this often does not happen, because many a good idea remains unspoken and gathers dust. If we really want to change something, we need enthusiasm.

 

 

 

Special moments

 

Excellent speakers know the effect of enthusiasm and so does the audience. It’s those rare moments when the audience realizes they’re about to participate in something very special. They are often moments when there is complete silence in the room and everyone holds their breath. Anyone who experiences this will not forget it again so quickly. The idea has begun its journey!

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I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

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What idea do you want to bring into the world? Is it worth standing up for and giving the idea a real chance?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in group or individual training or coaching.

Published: April 22, 2021
Author: Karsten Noack
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Those who seek injustice, just need to open their eyes.

Don't look the other way when injustice occurs!

Motto of the day*
Not what we have 
but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.

 Epicurus
Those who seek injustice, just need to open their eyes.

Injustices

 

How do we deal with injustice?

Problems in distant countries and on our own doorstep

 

It is easier to criticize problems in distant countries after watching the news than to clean up our own mess. Do not look the other way in the face of injustice!

How would it be today to look more closely at how we have something to contribute to more fairness in this world? What reality deserves some support? Where can something be made fairer, friendlier, more beautiful? What stands in the way?

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

P.S.

 

What do you think; is it worth having a closer look at how to contribute to more fairness in this world?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in group or individual training or coaching.

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Imagination is the most beautiful daughter of truth, only a little more vivid than its mother. –Carl Spitteler

Thinking outside the box, driving reality forward. Excuse me?

Motto of the day*
Not what we have 
but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.

 Epicurus
Imagination is the most beautiful daughter of truth, only a little more vivid than its mother. –Carl Spitteler

Box, chances, decisions

 

What reality deserves some support? Where can something be made fairer, friendlier, more beautiful? What stands in the way?

„Think outside the box!“ Excuse me?

 

To free oneself from the restrictive framework of conventions, to broaden the perspective, and to think beyond the existing. This is often demanded and then often talked about thinking outside the box. This demand is heard so often that it has become a cliché due to its inflationary use. Why?

 

 

 

So what is it that we are talking about?

 

What is this box? In order for us to be able to expand the familiar framework, it is necessary to recognize the unconscious boundaries as such. Otherwise, we run against invisible walls. That’s why now is a great opportunity to be attentive to what and who is blocking our view. The organization, the environment, and especially ourselves. Our beliefs, bruises, routines, …

 

 

 

Chances

 

It is a great opportunity not to simply leave the previous framework, but to clean it up and expand it.

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

P.S.

 

What reality deserves some support? Where can something be made fairer, friendlier, more beautiful? What stands in the way?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: July 13, 2001
Author: Karsten Noack
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Not what we have 
but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.

 –Epicurus

The truth about abundance

Motto of the day*. Abundance is one of those things that many people desire. How about you?
Abundance
Not what we have 
but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.

 Epicurus

Abundance

 

Abundance? What is abundance and how can you enjoy it?

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The truth about abundance

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If money cannot buy happiness…

 

It is such a cliché, but it is true: money cannot buy happiness. It can influence happiness since it can afford us necessities, a comfortable lifestyle, and opportunities that may increase our overall life satisfaction. But money, in itself, is not the abundance we seek. For some, too little money leads to unhappiness. For others, too much money complicates life in undesired ways. Regardless of how much money comes into our lives, after our basic needs are met, an increase in income not lead to more happiness.

 

 

 

Abundance

 

Abundance is one of those things that many people want. For some, it seems to come easily and with little effort, and for others, it seems entirely out of range. For many people it appears within their grasp; however, time and time again they fall short of achieving it. The perspective through which we view abundance can impact how we cultivate it or in some cases block it.

Abundance is all around us. Limited perception of abundance prevents us from acknowledging all the blessings that had fallen into our lives. It doesn’t have to manifest as money. Abundance is a direct result of gratitude.

 

 

 

Gratitude

 

Gratitude helps you tune into the simpler pleasures in life, the small miracles, the glimpses of beauty that you would have missed otherwise. Gratitude makes you smile more because it intensifies your joy. It’s that strong feeling of fulfillment and contentment you experience when you think about something or someone you are blessed to have in your life. With your mind set to gratitude, you will have the clarity to truly enjoy all that life is blessing you with.

Let that day be lost to us on which we did not dance once. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

P.S.

 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to allow abundance into your life is by deliberately focusing more on gratitude. What do you think?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

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Some people have accumulated so many hunches and opinions that there is no more space for learning.

The willingness to learn

Motto of the day*
What helps to deal with an uncertain future: fear, courage or ignorance?
Some people have accumulated so many hunches and opinions that there is no more space for learning.

How about the willingness to learn

 

Those who already know everything, don’t want to and will learn nothing more. What exactly is healthy doubt and how can we foster it?

The willingness to learn

 

Some people have accumulated so many hunches and opinions that there is no more space for learning.

And before someone gets the impression that I am throwing stones around me while sitting in a glasshouse; nobody is really free of that. It is not always so easy to know what to doubt.

I think it is important to question even holy cows with healthy doubt from time to time. Although it is not so clearly defined what healthy doubt is.

Too many doubts and especially self-doubt easily lead to problems. This binds too much energy and it paralyzes.

On the other hand, especially personalities who know themselves and rest in themselves are able to doubt things constructively. “He who believes to be something has stopped becoming something”, Socrates said. Yes, then there is no more personal development.

And so the question remains for me; what exactly is healthy doubt and how can I foster it?

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

P.S.

 

What exactly is healthy doubt and how can we foster it?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: May 10, 2020
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One big mistake we can make is to be constantly afraid of making a mistake.

What helps to deal with an uncertain future: fear, courage or ignorance?

Motto of the day*
What helps to deal with an uncertain future: fear, courage or ignorance?
What helps to deal with an uncertain future: fear, courage or ignorance?

The uncertainty of the future

 

What helps when dealing with an uncertain future; fear, courage, or ignorance?

Anxious on the journey

 

A big mistake we can make is to be constantly afraid of making a mistake. Does that sound right? Yes, that sounds right!

However, this wisdom should be completed by the advice that it is necessary to take responsibility wherever we are able to do so. Ignoring risks is not smart, but stupid.

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

P.S.

 

What helps when dealing with an uncertain future; fear, courage, or ignorance?​

A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.

 Ludwig Wittgenstein

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: May 8, 2020
Author: Karsten Noack
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Without proper attitude, words are just words

Words are just words?

Motto of the day*
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Words with meaning

 

Today I share with you:

Without proper attitude, words are just words.

If we mean what we say …

 

Yes, without proper attitude words are just words without meaning. Without the appropriate deeds, there is nothing but promises. A closer look at the media, an attentive ear in the discussions and many empty promises can be found. Clear points of view are often avoided. Too often, words have no value. If it bothers us, we could change it. At least for ourselves, we can decide whether we stand by our words or not. Why is it that we often do not say clearly enough what we really mean, but prefer to evade?

How about being more careful and clear about your own statements?

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

P.S.

 

Many words, little meaning! The world is full of promises that are not kept. If it bothers us, we could change it. At least for ourselves, we can decide whether we stand by our words or not. How about being more attentive to our own statements today?​

A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.

 Ludwig Wittgenstein

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: March 21, 2017
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And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been. 

Rainer Maria Rilke

A New Year Is Like A Blank Book, And The Pen Is In Your Hands

Motto of the day*
A New Year Is Like A Blank Book, And The Pen Is In Your Hands
And now we welcome the new year, 
full of things that have never been.

 Rainer Maria Rilke

Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy the whole year through.
A new year is like a blank 365-page book, and the pen is in your hands.
It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.

Happy New Year.

P.S.

 

Any thoughts, comments, goals for the new year…?

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: January 1, 2006
Author: Karsten Noack
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Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. Dionysius of Halicarnassus

When to speak and when to stay silent?

Motto of the day*
Public speaking
Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. Dionysius of Halicarnassus

When to stay silent and when to speak up?

 

The motto of the day is about the question of when it is better to speak up and when to stay silent. How to know which one is the better decision? 

Thoughts about the motto of the day

 

What comes to my mind when thinking about this motto of the day? It reminds me immediately to the first rule of rhetorics: If you haven’s something relevant to say, shut up! Sometimes, silence is golden. Is there another thought? Yes!

 

Let me add a few thoughts when I think it is better to stay silent:

 

  • When you have nothing relevant to say.
  • In case it is better to take some time to solidify your reaction.
  • When something it is better left unsaid.
  • You don’t have a receptive audience.

 

 

When is it better to speak up:

 

  • When you can make a positive difference.
  • You have the power to change something.
  • It is the desired opportunity.
  • When your opinion is requested.
  • When you want to let your feelings known.
  • If your silence could be understood as an approval for something you disagree with.
  • To demonstrate that you are interested.

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

P.S.

 

What do you think about the motto of the day? When do you stay silent and when do you speak up?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: December 9, 2019
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Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Speak clearly!

Motto of the day*
Say it clearly!
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Communicating with Clarity

 

A message gets stronger when it is infused with clarity and conviction. How can we achieve this?

Thoughts about the motto of the day

 

What comes to my mnd when thinking about this motto of the day?

When we’re motivated to get a point across to someone else, we often think long and hard about what we want to say. That is a good starting point, but that is only a part of what is necessary. Instead of focusing solely on what you want to say to get your point across, you better focus on communicating what you want the other person to hear.

The receiver’s task is to interpret the sender’s message, both verbal and nonverbal. The process of interpreting the message is known as decoding. Because words and nonverbal signals have different meanings to different people, countless problems can occur at this point in the communication process

While the message you send is important, the message the receiver hears is even more important. If you know your audience, you usually have an idea of how they will interpret or filter what you say. Tailor your message to your audience to improve their comprehension.

If you can offer sharp, clear, intelligent, and easy-to-understand messages, it becomes much easier for people to see the value in it.

 

 

 

How?

 

How do you ensure that important messages are clearly expressed?As a good starting point Have the following aspects in mind:

 

1. Know what you want to say.

2. Know who you’re talking to.

3. Use the language of your audience.

4. Use a clear structure for your message.

5. Short sentences are better to understand.

6. Shorter words are better than long words.

7. Be consistent.

 

On this foundation can be built. Speak up – speak clearly!

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

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What do you think about the motto of the day?

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: December 9, 2019
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: December 11, 2019
Translation: December 11, 2019
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