When most of us talk, we have a jumble of words in our heads, and they come up in rapid succession without much thought.
Sometimes it feels like there’s a narrow bottleneck between our brain and the space just outside our mouths. We’ve got these great ideas in our heads, and when they come out, they sound like nonsense.
Kind of like when I was on this backpacking trip. I was hiking with some buddies, in the Sierras. I was up a head by a couple hundred yards or so when I came across a mama bear and her two cubs.
Knowing the danger, I froze. When I realized she wasn’t going to kill me and feed me to her kids, I slowly reached for my camera. I was thinking of what an amazing shot this would be, and how badass it would make me look once I showed this pic to my friends (I was using an old school, disposable camera).
After talking it up sufficiently, I finally got the pic developed.
You could barely see the mama bear, let alone her cubs.
Some of my friends even thought I’d been pulling their leg.
“That brown spec in the distance is a bear? C’mon!”
Such it is with our ideas. So wonderful in our heads. So original, so unique.
But spit ’em out in a group without much thought, and you get what they call “word salad.” A jumble of words that may or may not be significant.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way.
When you learn the Milton Model, and all you can do with it, you’ll see words (yours and theirs) as a magnificent game of chess.
You’ll begin to start thinking two, three, even four moves ahead. Coming up with brilliant ways to not only get your ideas across, but get them thinking in terms of theirs, in a way, that’s best for both of you.
The sooner you get started, then sooner you can play.