Last night, as I diligently worked on my training for Wednesday, my husband offered to pick up our dinner at Whataburger. Don’t judge -- we both had super healthy lunches, and I didn’t get to the grocery store like I planned because I was working!! Anyway, I asked for a Whataburger with cheese, my usual. A bit later, he walked through the door, orange and white sacks in hand. At this point I was starving, so I enthusiastically opened the bag and saw the cheeseburger with a half-eaten order of French fries. Confusion set in as I opened the second bag to a regular hamburger, no fries in sight. What??? Where were my French fries? “You only asked for a Whataburger with cheese; you didn’t ask for French fries,” my husband explained. We have been married almost 30 years, and he thought I would only want a cheeseburger? What is wrong with him? Have I ever eaten a cheeseburger without French fries? I was unbelievably upset … I LOVE French fries! To make up, he offered the rest of his fries (about 7 were left after his nibbling on the way home). But guess what? Our miscommunication was totally my fault. I should have asked for a cheeseburger and French fries and not assumed he could “read my mind” and know what I truly wanted. How many times have we miscommunicated because we did not specifically say what we wanted? One year, Santa brought me a set of golf clubs. Remember my Top Golf story? I suck at golf! So why did Santa bring me a gift that I didn’t ask for or even really want? Because when “Santa” (my husband) asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I said anything would be great! But I certainly did NOT mean golf clubs. Again, the miscommunication was my fault, not Santa’s. etc Strategies believes that both professionally and personally, you must be specific when communicating. Find a way to be positive and professional but never assume that others will know what you are thinking. And ALWAYS ask for the French fries ...