This is a big one.
I have learned that, through fortune and choice, I have surrounded myself with people who think like I do and who understand me well. That is a glorious thing!
It means, however, that I have learned to expect people to know what I’m talking about, or even what I mean. Sometimes I end up talking in shortcuts, which works great when I’m with my family and long time friends, when I have the same boss for 10 years. One word or phrase implies a whole story. Often a funny one. (You know what I mean – you can post them as comments!)
This model does NOT work when I’m with new people and/or people who don’t think like I do!
My next big lessons are going to be about noticing when I’m out of my friendly frequency, when I need to spell things out, and how do make that shift!
Wish me luck!