What was our point? It's that understanding is important for making good decisions. Also, and related, it's that a concern for truth matters. Please be better.
So, listen. Really listen. You have an "H" on your belt. Make sure if he means duck that you also hear duck and not rabbit. If you mean rabbit, make sure he knows that -- don't assume it.
Your brain is a fallible translator. I didn't mean to ignore you in that restaurant. I'm sorry.
Here are the lists you can use to make the point that memory is reconstructive.
Sleep List: bed, rest, awake, tired, dream, wake, snooze, blanket, doze, slumber, snore, nap, peace, yawn, drowsy
Doctor List: nurse, sick, lawyer, medicine, health, hospital, dentist, physician, ill, patient, office, stethoscope, surgeon, clinic, cure
*Remember not to read out the target words (i.e., sleep and doctor).
The limits of your language are the limits of your world. And the metaphors you use matter. Try to dance, don't fight.
Also, don't forget that your meetings don't have to be boring spaces where people disengage because they're showered with PowerPoint. Get a white board. Get people to listen -- to really listen.
I did my best, but still: I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm pretty sure what you heard is not what I meant. I'm sorry I was not more clear.
Try to cut down on your Wendy moments. And I'll see you in Beijing, where I promise not to ignore you.