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March 20, 2006


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Cynthia Clay

Thank you so much for the reminder to think about the diversity of our audience when we are writing (or any time we are communicating). I recall receiving an invitation to a leadership conference years ago at which all the presenters were men. I telephoned the conference organizer to suggest that perhaps they should identify a few women leaders and invite them to speak if they wanted to reach a broader audience. His response ran something along the lines of "We looked but we didn't find anyone."

Beyond gender differences, there can simply be style differences that need to be respected and reflected in our written and verbal communication. At NetSpeed Leadership, one of our 23 training modules called Working with Communication Styles explores these style differences. And as I'm typing this comment, I'm remembering that you, Lynn, were the training designer who created that module!

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