Can You Speak “22 Year Old College Male”?


fast food imagesNot surprisingly, we got lost.  That can happen when driving in unfamiliar territory and gabbing nonstop with your sister.  We were recounting the fun we just had visiting her son (my nephew) in historic St. Augustine, when we realized we had missed a critical turnoff.

Fortunately our 22 year old tour guide was a phone call away.  We put him on speaker phone:

Us – “We’re on the main drag at such and such cross street”

Him – “Um, what’s around you?”

Us – “Sherman Williams Paint…Fifth Third Bank…Jiffy Lube”

Him – “Uh, what else?”

We slowly started driving back the way we had come.

Us – “Dunkin’ Donuts”


Him – “Oh, OK! You’ll see a Burger King on your Right, a Chick-Fil-A across the street, keep going past Pizza Hut and you’ll take a Left at Checker’s”

As my brilliant motivational speaker friend, Linda Larsen, says, in order to communicate effectively so that they will listen, you have to speak in a language that they understand.

A male college student on a budget isn’t going to know where to get high end paint for his dorm room!  He isn’t going to give a thought to spending his money on an oil change (that’s for him and his dad to do on spring break).  No, he’s going to know all of the cheap fast food joints from one end of town to the other!

As we successfully were guided on our merry way back home I knew I had to share this important piece of information:  Know your audience and learn to speak their language for clearer communication!

From your motivational speaker who’s suddenly craving French fries




Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. I am laughing at the total truth of this post – knowing that every parent in the world should read it!!  I   It absolutely positively makes the point that I and many other motivational speakers have made and will continue to make. And THIS example is PERFECT! 

  2. This is so funny Polly!  And so true!  We have to know our audience, whether we are motivational speakers or partners in a business or in life.  Be sensitive to their language and we then we can speak their language too.  I love this!

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