Episode 77 – Sailing the Seven Cs

When communication is effective, it’s probably unobtrusive and you don’t really think about it much. But when communication breaks down, you realise how important it really is. This week, improve your game with the Seven Cs of Communication. Also, learn about the history of Thanksgiving in North America, and at the end of the show — a great tip so you don’t overeat at your Thanksgiving meal.

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Show Notes:

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada. In honour of the holiday, here is the official proclamation from January 31, 1957 that made this holiday official.

Thanksgiving Day
Proclaimed for Observance


ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada, and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

    To All To Whom these Presents shall come or whom the same may in anywise concern – Greeting:


Deputy Attorney General,

    WHEREAS it hath pleased Almighty God in His great goodness to vouchsafe many blessings throughout the years to the people of Canada;

WE THEREFORE considering that these blessings vouchsafed to the people of Canada do call for a solemn and public acknowledgment have thought fit, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council for Canada, to appoint the second Monday in October in each and every year as a day of general thanksgiving; and We do hereby appoint the second Monday in October, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven and each year thereafter as a day of general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings with which the people of Canada have been favoured; and We do hereby invite all Our people of Canada to observe the said day each year as a day of general thanksgiving.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed. WITNESS: Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor, VINCENT MASSEY, Member of our Order of the Companions of Honour, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this Thirty-first day of January in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven and in the Fifth year of Our Reign.

By Command,

C. Stein,
Under Secretary of State.


cgc_p2-0_v091_n004_t000_000_19570227_p00026Courtesy, Collections Canada

Here is a good article explaining why Canadians and Americans celebrate their Thanksgiving on different days.

The Seven Cs of Communication

  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Concrete
  • Correct
  • Coherent
  • Complete
  • Courteous

Here is also a good article on MindTools that gives some examples of each.

And just for the sake of contrast, another site that explains the same seven concepts just a bit differently.


Music beds courtesy of Music Alley from Mevio and the Free Music Archive. Thanks to artists: ZeroV, Duane Carter Band, Gepel.