Speaking is not always synonymous with communicating. (Roy Angle, cross-cultural worker)

“We should not be satisfied with mere talking, but aim for clarity. . . . Speaking is shared words; communicating is shared meaning.” We can all testify to the truth of Angle’s statement. We’ve said, “I did tell you that,” and our partner will say, “No, you didn’t.” What happened? We spoke, but we didn’t communicate. Our goal is not to speak but to be understood.

The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly. (Ecclesiastes 12:10)