It’s holiday time again. I’ve packed my bags and I am off to Cyprus. I am looking forward to big fat oranges, lovely mountain views and a language that is incomprehensible to me. But I want to get away from it all, and that means heading in the Troodos Mountains where I can walk the trails, talk to locals and enjoy the fabulous scenery.
However, I can’t speak the language so I will be relying on the locals speaking English or German (my other language). I did this last year in Greece and it worked a treat. But this year I want to try something else. Inspired by @Mark Francis and his globe-trotting videos, I will be armed with a newfound curiosity, a desire to retrace my childhood days in the mid-’70s when my family lived in Cyprus and the need to do some fieldwork.
Over the last 6 months, I have been absorbed in a niche project uniting a team of community volunteers into a battle-hardened unit. It’s had its challenges but it has given tremendous rewards to all involved. Working without fear is a state of mind that few possess. Accepting failure as a learning tool so that we can grow has been the objective. Now it’s my turn. Armed only with a renewed faith in ‘body language’ I will be able to confirm if an unfit man in his 50’s can survive in silence.
Why am I doing this? Because I can, and because 55% of our communications synergy is in body language, irrespective of verbal reasoning skills or linguistic ability. We all know that tone of voice can be used effectively, so if you remove these everyday tools what will happen? If 7% of our communications are in words and 38% of the success of our communications is wrapped in tone and pace, logic says body language is our primary communication device, what could possibly go wrong?
Now don’t misunderstand me, it’s a simple task. I’m not going to run a marathon or scale Everest but for me, it’s a challenge within my scope but outside my current abilities. I will have my mobile phone, a thick skin and a tent, so safety isn’t an issue and if all goes wrong at least I’ll lose a few kilos which won’t do me any harm.
Whatever you are doing this August, have a great one.