Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Interpreters

Consider your own experience with various professionals and one quality is probably displayed by your favorites: They know how to explain things in plain language.

That ability stands them in contrast to peers who may possess equal or greater knowledge yet use jargon and arcane descriptions. It is easy to suspect that lofty vagueness is a simply ruse to hide ignorance. It certainly blocks the conveying of information.

I've heard that medical schools sometimes train doctors on bedside manners. All professions and trades could use training in translation skills since they are a key part of communication.

Learn to translate and you have given yourself a major competitive advantage.

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