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The Power of Language

Last week I spent a lot of time in the car driving across the state of Kansas with almost complete strangers. The one thing we ALL had in common was we knew all the words to EVERY song on 90’s on 9.

A few songs stuck with me. See if you notice a pattern:

Words are very unnecessary, they can only do harm. (Enjoy the Silence)

All you people can't you see, can't you see, How your love's affecting our reality, Every time we're down, You can make it right, And that makes you larger than life. (Larger Than Life)

They say I gotta learn, but nobody's here to teach me; If they can't understand it, how can they reach me? (Gangsta’s Paradise)

Now, if you’re guessing, What is the oddest combination of songs for the current IABC/Topeka President to sing along to?– you’re close. But it struck me how casually all these songs reference the power of language to shape identity and community. The way we communicate ideas is still critical to the world we want to create.

 With all the networking options we have, I still believe in the power of IABC. As communicators, we are leading Topeka forward with the power of ideas and intentional language choices. And together we can strengthen our skills, and our community. The membership scholarship is still accepting applications. Our November meeting is going to focus on the journey of language and leadership through the voice of Mike Matson. And soon will be announcing our community investment initiative, another way for communicators, like you and I, to collaborate and fellowship for the betterment of Topeka.

 Finally, I’m thinking we should have an IABC karaoke party. No? I should just stick to my car? Ok.