Pass I On

Written by David Pullan

Pass I On

Why is everyone so passionate these day? What are they on about?
‘I’m passionate about HR.’
‘I’m passionate about customer service.’
‘I’m passionate about the future of this organisation.’
Now the dictionary says that if someone is passionate they, ‘have or show strong beliefs.’
As a communication coach I would suggest that if someone is truly passionate they should, ‘have and show strong beliefs.’
How often have you been in a room with someone spouting about their passion while they look as if they are next in line for root canal treatment? They might be feeling it but they definitely aren’t showing it.
Many years ago I met a coach who said passion should be broken down as Pass I On. You should always be looking for ways to pass on your feelings and opinions with care so that you change the way that people think or feel.
Now of course the words you choose will be important, but they will be useless unless you commit to embodying your message. What I mean is that you have to commit to showing how you feel.
Over the next week look for ways that you can practice this.
Tell a friend about a great place to go on holiday. Tell your kids a bedtime story. Tell your partner about a great success you’ve had.
But really commit to embodying and showing how you feel.
Make sure that you Pass I On.
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  • W B Yeats

    'Think like a wise man, but communicate in the language of the people.'