“I’m impressed by people who use vocabulary in a way that is interesting but not pretentious,” my husband said to me tonight. I was happy to hear that, he deals with lots of A players but some B players in many markets around the country.
Steve is President of a huge mortgage lending company, and was in Portland, Oregon to visit with his regional manager out there. He wants to debrief all of his trips and actually his entire work life with me. I love it and I help him a lot and always have.
“What more detail about his communication skills impressed you?” I asked.
“He chose the right words at the right time and tempered the entire conversation so there was truth and honestly but no drama.”
“Wow,” I replied, “that is something. So many people are dramatic, manipulative and misdirected so it’s great you have that guy in Portland.”
“Yes,” he said, “he’s one of the good ones. I might promote him soon.” We then talked in depth about how and where he could be promoted and when that might happen, who he would replace, who would replace him, etc.
“Steve,” I said, “do you think you have impressive and excellent communication skills?”
“No,” he said, “I think mine are adequate and they get the job done, but yours are impressive, excellent and exceptional.”