It’s been happening too frequently and has led me into trouble on more than one occasion. What I speak is interpreted as something else. And just like an arrow when released cannot be retrieved, in a similar scenario, my unguided missile of words seeks out a sensitive target for maximum impact. In the corporate world, this is job threatening scenario and I guess I am lucky to have survived so far.
As per some study, speaking, like all other actions that we perform is coordinated by the brain with the lips, jaw, tongue and larynx. Now, in my case, one of these is malfunctioning and I really can’t find the culprit.
Let me recall some instances to nail the culprit and maybe drown it in liquor. Aha, what a lesson for the Evil Four. Ok, so once somebody told me that my voice is high and it is not corporate culture to speak in a high pitched voice. Damn you. You lost the argument and since you could not fathom my logic, it was easier for you to blame me. But then, when the “you” is your senior who believes in the principle ‘My way or the highway’, then you got to take the s###. It’s another story that people outside his cabin could hear him shout. In reality and as I have come to believe, the culprit was actually my larynx. Yes, that voice box which is now acting like an idiot box.
In another incident, I was mildly interested in a just-for-the-heck-of-it meeting and I could only mutter ‘No’ to a particular question. It was a simple job that had to be done and yet my trembling lips could offer only a No. The brain had sanctioned a ‘Yes’ to the simple task which even a first year student could have done. But, I guess before the signal from the brain reached the lips, the pokey nose and its ego signalled the lips to say No. Aha, so the culprit are the Lips. Or maybe the Jaw. Or the tongue for taking the extra effort in spitting out the most devilish word in the universe.
So, who’s the culprit. Speaking in an environment or a meeting or in a discussion when not required to. Needless to say, got to learn the art of speaking. Or maybe the attitude needs to tweaked such that the brain and its partners in crime do not speak. Well, irrespective of who the culprits are, the attitude aint going to change and so the only punishment they deserve is drowning themselves in alcohol.