Getting Your Message Across

Structural, Immediate and Generative Language(s)

When we discuss Language, we often speak as though there is only one sort, or kind, of language, for instance: English, or HTML. For this to be true, however, requires that Language presences all three aspects of communication through language, which include:

  1. Structural Language: contextual
  2. Immediate Language: visceral
  3. Generative Language: new
  • Structural Language communicates contextually, like your environment.
  • Immediate Language communicates viscerally, like tone or cadence.
  • Generative Language presences new results, like commitment can.

When all three are present and harmonious in our language we develop an authentic presence, a sense that others are getting our true self, truly expressed.

Setting Up For Sharing: Getting Your Message Across

Real language, therefore, may be considered an effective combination of structural, immediate and generative languages into one time-space continuum. This is why speaking immediately and directly with one other person, especially face-to-face, may be such an intense experience. We relay streams of contextual data by being, and simply being in the presence of this provides for a visceral quality to others and even oneself.

When we relay new information, using generative language, we do so within a context of structural and immediate language. These communicate quickly, far too quickly for generative language to “outrun” them. This is why messages and message delivery must be harmonious if messages are to be received. Put another way, the context of message delivery may be considered decisive in terms of the intended consequence or intent of the message. If you want to get your message across, you have to set up a listener.

Learn more in The Elevator Pilot.

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