Lessons in communication from Yehudah

“And Yehudah approached (Yosef) and he said, please my master, allow your servant to speak in the ears of my master. And do not become angry at your servant for you are like Pharaoh”

We can learn a number of important principles in communication by studying how Yehudah talked to Yosef.  Yehudah calls himself ‘servant’ twice and Yosef ‘master’ twice. He had his goal in mind and in order to make the other person more open to listen to what he had to say he spoke with great respect to him while at the same time putting himself down. One loses nothing by doing this and gains much. Only pride prevents people from using this approach more often. But it is a very powerful tool.

Rabbi Pliskin, Growth through Torah

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