Many years ago my wife and I owned an African Grey parrot. In addition to being thoroughly entertained we became educated. We learned what we said over and over again. We learned what phrases and words we unconsciously repeated and we learned when we were most apt to repeat the. For example, I learned that I always said, “Well, okay . . .” just before I said, “Goodbye”, because the parrot began to beat me to my ‘goodbye’. I also learned that my allergies were annoying to those around me. I sniffed constantly, but only when the parrot sniffed back in my tone did I realize I needed to do something about it. I went to an allergist and he fixed my problem. It was too late to do anything about the poor parrot’s sniffle.
If you had a parrot, what phrases would it pick up? What would you learn about yourself? Ask your close friends. Ask your family. It might be kind of fun.
I am going to ask my current students. I am going to learn from them what phrases I repeat. I am going to learn which ones are annoying and ineffective. Then I’m going to get those phrases fixed.
For my past students, here’s your chance. You have taught me many things. I am asking you to let me peer into your world once again. What phrases did I use? Which ones are keepers? Which ones should I never do again?
Well, okay . . . Goodbye.