Robin Hood and effective communication: the wedding march that went wrong

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Bryan Adams
Effective communication has many strands.

One is listening, asking questions and checking for feedback that the message we communicate is actually understood.

A couple in UK arranging their marriage service requested the organist to play ‘the Robin Hood theme’ for the bride to come up the aisle. This was readily agreed to. No problems. Here’s what they wanted – the Bryan Adams song Everything I Do, I Do It For You. But this is what the organist, doubtless of an older generation – you are probably ahead of me by now – understood and played. Yes really.

One area we must avoid is christianese jargon. If our words have different meanings (or no meanings) in the minds of our hearers, we have mis-communicated.

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