Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 61) – Edwin Friedman

Edwin H. Friedman (1932 – 1996) American Rabbi / Family Therapist

“The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.”

– Edwin H. Friedman

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4 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 61) – Edwin Friedman

  1. Attitudes are the real figures of speech – nice 🙂

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