Being able to talk about what has happened is very important when you need to communicate effectively about a result, conclusion or consequence. Perhaps you have to communicate with an English-speaking colleague about a report that you have written. You may need to give a short impromptu summary. There is the “just the facts” method; A happened, then B, then C.
For example, the “just the facts” method would be to say for instance, Lightening hit a tree, and the tree fell on a car. A-then- B (we could continue to stack up events, and then C – the driver was in the car, then D. The driver was injured.)
The more opinionated way to talk about what has happened is to say, for instance, Lightening hit a tree, probably the tree was old, and that is why it fell, unfortunately, it fell on a car, sadly, someone was injured. This is packed with opinion: probably, unfortunately, sadly.
It is up to you to decide if you want to go into computer mode and give, “just the facts” like a computer, or if you want/or you need to give an opinion. Perhaps this is a quick summary to your manager in the UK about those low sales figures. You may need to answer what is the reason for the event, and if the outcome is consequential.
Remember, you only have the length of time of an elevator ride.
SPEAKING ABOUT DEGREES OF CERTAINTY:
certainty; possibility; probability; impossibility
A certainty means there is no doubt of it happening, and of course, an impossibility means there is no chance of it happening. A possibility is greater than the probability meaning it could occur. It is possible you will make some discovery of great importance; it is possible, but not very probable because very few people have made great discoveries. What is probable is by definition possible, however because it is possible does not mean it is probable (likely to happen.) Possibility asks, “Can this happen or not?” Probability asks, "What are the odds of this happening?"
I have a game called Black Stories, in it, you have a deadly situation and you have to figure out what happened. Below you will find a picture, please leave a post about what possibly happened. Next week I will post the correct answer.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris, BASF
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