How to Communicate With Your Dragon

Posted: July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m a big fan of How To Train Your Dragon, and also of Sue Archer’s Doorway Between Worlds blog, where she discusses communication lessons from science fiction and fantasy. So today I’m proud to present a guest post for DBW all about communication in How To Train Your Dragon. Please go check it out, and while you’re there have a browse around Doorway Between Worlds – I particularly recommend the article ‘Would Your Captain Be Proud?’

Doorway Between Worlds

This week on DBW, I am featuring a guest post by Andrew Knighton. Andrew writes fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk, and shares my passion for clear communication. Welcome to DBW, Andrew!

Communication isn’t easy, which is a shame, because it’s vital to human life. The ability to tell someone else how to grow crops, or how to read and write, or that you love them – these are fundamentals of human life.

Fortunately there are lessons on communication, as on everything in life, in that greatest source of human lessons – children’s animated fantasy films. Kids’ films get away with what adult films can’t, both in wild flights of imagination and in teaching us, gently but firmly, lessons in how to live. So today we’re going to learn from How To Train Your Dragon.

Set patterns – a communication problem

One of the greatest barriers to communication is…

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  1. malwen says:

    Andy – we too have learned through long experience that the best way to get managers to do things is to let them think it is their own idea. We drip-feed them until they think they thought it up in the first place.
    And yes, it is a great film, and I want to see part 2 soon.

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