TRIPLE III TIME: “Listen or Read Twice…Then Speak/Email/Text ONCE!”

img_6174My Grandpa Nick was an excellent carpenter.  It was always a fun and learning moment to be “assigned” to help him build or repair some wooden project.  And just like so many great woodworkers…one of the regular sayings/words of advice were: “Measure Twice…Then Cut Once.”  This meant that before you cut a valuable piece of lumber, it was more than appropriate to take extra time and measure at least a couple of times before you grabbed the saw and cut.  Why?  Accuracy, no waste, efficient use of time and quality were all of the points that answer the WHY question.

Well, I think this approach to quality is an excellent way to ensure your COMMUNICATION practices are the very best they could be.  Think about it.  If you make it a professional habit to: “Listen or Read Twice…Then Speak/Email/Text ONCE!”, how clear, accurate, efficient and effective your messaging would be.  I do not believe it would take a great deal of more time and effort.  Instead by practicing to: “Listen or Read Twice…Then Speak/Email/Text ONCE!” you may find that you have avoided confusion, controversy and having to put together a ton of “re-do” messages to fix a poor piece of communication.

The “Listen or Read Twice…Then Speak/Email/Text ONCE!” strategy seems like an easy habit to employ.  But can we really do it?

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

Posted on January 18, 2019, in Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Beckhorn, Stephanie (WDA)

    Good advice. I tell my girls and staff:

    You have 2 ears and 1 month. Please use them proportionally. 😊

    Hope all is well.

    Take care.

    Stephanie Beckhorn, Director
    Workforce Development
    201 N. Washington Square
    Lansing, MI 48913 |
    Phone: 517-241-4078 |
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