The power of words is tough to dispute. In an article from Fast Company, Using Empathic Listening to Collaborate, “Communications experts estimate, in fact, that only 10% of our communication is represented by the words we say. Another 30 percent is represented by our sounds, and 60% by our body language.” Try it! In a workshop I attended some time ago, the phrase, we used the words “I didn’t say you were a problem,” to demonstrate how putting extra emphasis on a certain word in that phrase, changes its meaning to an extent. Say the phrase out loud different times, emphasizing one different word each time. What happens? Following are some videos you might find though-provoking, in not powerful. Check them out!
The following video by Andrea Gardner demonstrates the powerful effect of word choice, semantics, and how changing our words can even change your world.
In the following video, similar to the instructional strategy called “Chalk Talk” two people on a park bench meet and begin communicating in a silly little way through passing notes to each other. Check out the power of words in this video.