Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared Be prepared!

I’m just going to assume everyone can recognise a Lion King quote, despite thebe prepared text book telling me not to make assumptions!

This weeks topics were all centered around communication and self management, essential skills not just for a lawyer, but indeed for many career paths.  I felt that it almost read as a very comprehensive guide to the skills and traits that will require a reasonable level of proficiency. Personally I find that really useful as it can help to identify what you need to focus on.

The mention of the use of plain English and grammar was a relief to see, however I have had a habit in the past of point out how the English language can be mind-numbingly stupid at times.  One of my favorites to demonstrate is this ditty I have ‘borrowed from another online: Wouldn’t the sentence “I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign” have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?.

All of the quotation marks that sentence had had had had no effect on it’s ability to be understood. On a more reasonable point regarding grammar one such under appreciated piece of punctuation is the oxford comma, or serial comma.  For written correspondence it can be a handy tool to remove ambiguity, however if used incorrectly it can potentially create ambiguity also.  It is important with grammatical rules and ambiguous wording that we review what we are saying to ensure it is clear and free of ambiguity.

I was very impressed to see the topics of resilience, hope and optimism, and mindfulness be covered in our notes and textbook.  Being pro-active with mental health is an important issue that I have endeavored to keep on top of personally.  Whether you continue with Law or not, if you only take one thing our of this week’s studies, take that!


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