By Ray Li, a Taiwanese student from Taichung on the associate degree program at the Hubbard College of Administration (HCA), Los Angeles, CA. Intention and Communication From “How to Get Things Done” course, I learned how to use full intention to get others’ attention. Sometimes when we ask someone to do something, but he or she doesn’t get it. One reason is we don’t use full intention in reaching the person and in getting our communication across. This has nothing to do with loudness of voice. Consequently, the person doesn’t notice that we gave him or her an order. For example, when you were walking on the street, you saw your friend walking on the other side of the street. You said, “Hello!” to him in a loud voice, but he didn’t respond. He didn’t look at you, and he didn’t respond to you. For one thing, you didn’t call his name. How was he to know you were speaking to him? However, when you use strong intention in your communication, he does receive and respond to your message. That insight is a very important datum. It is applicable everywhere in life. The datum is especially vital for an executive, because his or her role in the company is to get his or her juniors to receive orders and comply with them. Control Is a Good Thing In order to be effective, a person has to be able to handle the things in his environment. I learned how to really do that in this course. It turned out to be very easy to do. There are only three parts to the process: start, change and stop. In the course, those three actions collectively are called control. Control means you can START doing something, continue to do it (CHANGE), and finish it (STOP). If a person can’t control a thing well, like driving a car down a street, then he or she is in for trouble. So, if we want to get things done, we need to use full intention in our communication and control things in our environment well. These are two of the numerous fundamentals that I learned in the “How to Get Things Done” course. Hubbard College of Administration is a self-paced business school that offers an exceptional business administration curriculum, unique learning technology, life-changing apprenticeships and internships, assistance with job placement and a lifetime warranty for students.