Posts in language
The Fine Art of Spin Doctoring

Andrews’ book was the one that caused me feel as though I was being dared to test it all out. He discusses a poll by the New York Times on welfare spending.  There were two questions posed on the same issue; however, they were phrased differently.  The results were contradictory. This is a commonly used technique that can help pollsters know more about their audience than just yes or no.  So, I decided to see how my students would react to a sample poll.

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What You Say vs. What They Hear: The Importance of Clarity in Coaching

One should be aware of the distinction required in terms one uses in their profession.  As a coach, I’ve often wondered about some of the terms I’ve heard for the pairing of a coach and teacher.  For example, some models refer to the teacher as a “client.”  This seems an odd choice if no money exchanges hands.  It also implies that this is a transactional relationship that is predicated upon delivery of a concrete product. 

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