This “Fish Story” comes from Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen, a book you must read if you make presentations. There is a link to his web site on the left.
Here is the story:
When Vijay opened his store, he put up a sign that said, “We Sell Fresh Fish Here.” His father stopped by and said that the word “We” suggests a emphasis on the seller rather than the customer, and is really not needed. So the sign was changed to “Fresh Fish Sold Here.”
This post is adapted from an exercise in The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart, by Julia Cameron, and was recommended on Christine Kane’s blog. It’s worth hundreds of dollars in psychotherapy, so read carefully. It explains a lot about yourself.
Think about these two philosophies of communication. Ancient wise man, Publilius Syrus (catchy name, I know!), wrote: Speech is the mirror of the soul, as a man speaks, so he is. Writing roughly 2,000 years later, James Carey, dean of Columbia University’s School of Journalism writes that we create ourselves in conversation. Our communication, writing and speaking, reflect and shape our very selves. It’s not something to take lightly.