One of the most recent lessons I've grasped in my writing career is the importance of knowing my audience. What I didn't realize was the importance of connecting this very topic to all walks of life. Even Jesus knew to mold His words to fit the abilities and other aspects of his listeners and thereby showed His consideration to those He spoke with.
How can we better consider others?
Let's talk about it.
Tailor our vocabulary:
We pretty much all know to use age appropriate vocabulary when speaking with individuals. There are other things to consider as well.
For example: My hubby is a medical person. I have clearly communicated my disinterest in the grossies of his job. He also needs to define terms for me when talking about his day.
Then again, when my techy teen speaks in acronyms, text speak, flips through computer screens while "teaching" me, etc. we have a communication issue. I want to learn, listen, follow along, I just need a translation.
Jesus used tailored stories for his audience and kept the vocabulary at the level of his listeners. He spoke to women, to children, to the Pharisees, to His disciples, and etc. Each time He tailored his words to best communicate with the listener.
We all have our own area of expertise. The vocab is so second nature to us we forget the listener's inability to understand.
Tailoring our vocabulary to the one we are having a conversation with with draw them in and open the door for a two way communication.
Let us consider one another to love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24
This post is brought to you by the one-word: Consideration.
*What topic of conversation have you found yourself lost in the vocabulary?
*What topic have you mastered and therefore need to modify when speaking with others?