This comment is at the heart of the model I discuss in my book 'Help! I need to master Critical Conversations.' I point out that it is important to start a conversation by sharing objective facts, without at that point sharing what you THINK about those facts. Thoughts are based on analysis and conclusions, or judgements about the facts, and can only be safely shared once there is an agreement that 'my facts' are also 'your facts'.
My opinion is that Obama endorsed the message that runs through my book, but the fact is he did no such thing. The fact is he made his own statement about the situation and I would have to find out from him if he in fact endorsed the message in my book.
Mistruths and miscommunication arise from confusing facts with opinions.
What do you think? Would our communication with each other improve if we separated fact from opinion?dit.