What’s Another Way to Say It…

As a motivational speaker I get to travel a lot and spend a whole lot of time in airports.  And there is NO better place on the planet to enjoy some high quality People Watching than in an airport. Oh the truth will reveal itself there – and it’s not always pretty.

Consider the mom I recently encountered who was trying to get her little 2 year old daughter to stop running around.  She said no less than a dozen times, “Tiffany, stop running around, you’re going to fall.”  Now maybe each time she said it she stressed a different WORD, like, “Tiffany, STOP running around…”  Or “Tiffany, stop running AROUND…” but make no mistake, she kept saying basically the exact same thing.

This was painful for me to watch. Really painful. Mostly because as a former communications trainer, every single cell in my body wanted to insinuate myself into her life and TRAIN her on how to communicate more effectively with her daughter.  But I didn’t. I kept my little twitching mouth shut. And who says I’m not good with delayed gratification?

I did wonder though, why it didn’t occur to this mom to try communicating with her daughter in some other way. Why not simply say it differently? Some way that was unique, more creative and compelling?  And then I got home and stumbled upon this video that I want to share with you. It pretty much is about two parents who had something to say and decided to say it differently.  It’s BRILLIANTLY different and creative and I’ll bet you money that when they communicate like this with their kids – they listen.

Click HERE to watch the video.

And remember, when you get stuck and someone doesn’t seem to be hearing you, simply ask yourself, “What’s another way to say this…”

From your leaping, hopping, singing, rapping, dancing motivational speaker, Linda Larsen



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Priceless Linda, thanks! It hit so close to home that I just spent the last three and a half minutes giggling.

  2. Linda, how absolutely accurate. The rapping parents sure know how to speak the language of their children to get heard.

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