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64 Surefire Strategies for Being Understood When Communicating with Co-Workers by Walter St. John

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CHAPTER 2

Organization of the Message

Know and Accept Your Responsibilities as a Speaker

Responsibility is like a string that we can see only the middle of. Both ends are out of sight.

—William McFee

Responsibility is something that a person is accountable for. It is something a person is answerable for doing. It is a duty or function a person is obligated to fulfill.

When speaking, you have the primary responsibility for getting what you are saying understood by the people listening. These responsibilities are numerous and almost endless. Conversely, the people listening are only expected to make a reasonable effort to understand what is being said to them.

The major responsibilities of a speaker are detailed in the various sections of this ...

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