In my time as an engineer, I have had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life and with many different organizational backgrounds. In doing so, one of the key things that I have found is that in order to communicate effectively, people need to be speaking the same language. This ranges from the obvious difficulty of someone speaking only Mandarin communicating with someone speaking only French, to the more common difficulty of two people who both speak English, but who do not understand the same words to mean the same thing. In several upcoming posts, I am going to discuss some definitions of words that come up frequently with me as I discuss people’s lives and difficulties with them. Most of the time, these terms need to be clarified before the conversation can progress into the realm of the useful. Putting them here, however, gets it all out of the way up front. I’m a big fan of saving time in any way I can as you’ll find over time. Be looking for the first one soon.