It’s not me, it’s you.

The “share” button on facebook is used to make your favourite links, comments, and other media appear to your “friends”. Usually, it is used for the funny, the witty, politically hot topics, inspirational quotes, and the like. (no pun intended)

Today, a contact of mine “shared” an image with the following quote: “I am responsible for what I say. I am not responsible for what you understand.”

I am compelled to respond with a blog quickie.

Consider that maintaining this type of attitude is one of the most effective ways to kill conversation and ruin relationships. Contrary to very popular belief, effective communication occurs when we focus more on the message that is received rather than what is sent. What’s written above is the epitome of “easy way out” and the definition of irresponsible communication.

Effective communicators ensure that the message is received the way they intended it to be, and will stop at nothing to avoid or clean up any misunderstanding. Their positive results speak for themselves.


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