Specific vs. Diffuse

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Different people tend to speak with different levels of specificity.

People who are specific establish a very clear position and are often happy to understand or challenge opposing points of views. They will often express their opinions as truth. (Example: Coffee is best served at 180°F.)

People who are diffuse speak with less specificity so that all listeners can find some overlap in their position. They are more interested in finding common ground than contrasting their opinions with others’. (Example: Coffee is best served hot.)

By becoming aware of your natural tendency, you can be more intentional about how you speak to particular audiences and in particular situations.