True Fluency is the first book written on Infra Language.
In striking, simple steps, it shows you how people think, talk, and act in predictable patterns. It guides you to a better professional and personal life through understanding the five forms of the secret language of success.
Learn how people gather information, sort it and judge it. Know how beliefs are created, how emotions are generated, and why people take action.
Most importantly, True Fluency shows you how to use the structural language that underpins all human activities. You can perceive, influence, and predict. You can change people and yourself. You can protect and promote yourself and those you love.
True Fluency is the comprehensive manual on Infra Language. It solves problems in areas as diverse as the personal, the public, and the professional.
If you want to grab control of your life and to support and defend everything you hold dear, you have found the answer. True Fluency shows you the universal power of Infra Language.
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Welcome to the Infra Language Course
Part One: Understanding Infra Language
Lesson 1: Your Mind’s Talking
Lesson 2: The Info Age: a High Tech Cage
Lesson 3: Beyond Information: it’s Ben Hur
Lesson 4 : Five Steps to Fluency
Lesson 5: The World of Information
Lesson 6: Icons Alive
Lesson 7: Info Mode Sends Info Messages
Lesson 8: Talking Thinking
Lesson 9: It’s Starting to Get Interesting
Lesson 10: From Dot Points to Memory
Lesson 11: Cumulative Conclusions
Lesson 12: Infix Means Stuck
Lesson 13: A Higher Reasoning
Lesson 14: Bundled Beliefs
Lesson 15: The Heart of the Matter
Lesson 16: The Classic Infeel: Infall
Lesson 17: The Attraction of Action
Lesson 18: The Dynamic Principle
Part Two: Becoming an Infra Practitioner: communication
Lesson 19: Infra Language Analysis: the start of something big
Lesson 20: Seeing is Believing
Lesson 21: Infra Body Language
Lesson 22: Being Near and Clear
Lesson 23: Writing: the captured conversation
Part Three: Becoming an Infra Practitioner: people
Lesson 24: People’s Preferences
Lesson 25: Perceiving Modes Precisely
Lesson 26: Sense the Senses
Lesson 27: Thinking About Thinking
Lesson 28: The Made Up Mind
Lesson 29: To Feel is to Live
Lesson 30: Endless Activity
Part Four: Becoming Fluent
Lesson 31: Infra Language: the personal
Lesson 32: The Love That Binds
Lesson 33: Changing Your Life
Lesson 34: Being Better
Lesson 35: Infra Language in Your Corporate Culture
Lesson 36: Your Organization Needs a Cultural Change
Lesson 37: Short Cuts to Fluency
Passion Never Ends
Monday afternoon, November 23, 1992: Canberra, Australia.
I remember that day. I dream back to it in a moment. It’s as clear as a glass of water: timeless and unchanging. But, it is the day when, for me, everything changes forever.
I am teaching 64 public sector officials. We are in a university lecture hall in the political capital city of Australia. The subject is advanced policy-writing skills. They are formally dressed and neatly combed. They sit in still rows staring at the lecturer. That’s me. From their viewpoint, I seem unusually passionate, enthusiastic. After all, public sector writing and passion? It’s an odd fit.
Being senior government officials, these people are highly educated, serious-minded. They are a little dull, but earnest in a good way. I like them.
The course is technical and serious: it’s about writing documents for federal and state politicians. As I talk about structure in writing, someone interrupts.
“I have a question.”
I am relieved. A sign of life. As he speaks, I sip from a glass of water and glance at the clock. It’s 3:16. Fourteen minutes to go.
He speaks slowly, choosing the right words: “When we write at work,
we research relevant facts then make them mean something.”
I nod: “You gather facts and draw conclusions.”
Now his face is clouded with thought: “Right. And, government reports are structured the same way we think.”
This guy is on the mark.
He continues: “So, everything we write shows the pattern of our thoughts.”
I jump in. I’m excited. “Yes! In fact, you have just used that same pattern. Your last statement began with “so”. That’s the signal we use to show we are drawing a conclusion. So, the same rule applies when we speak.”
He gets it: “You know, I’ve got a funny feeling I’ve always understood that.” His face brightens.
I’m liking this guy: “Me, too!”
And, we both laugh.
I pause. My mind is spinning. The government officials watch me silently. Waiting. Someone shifts uneasily.
There is something extraordinary about that conversation. Yet, it could not be more common.
I talk to fill the embarrassing silence: “We gather facts and draw conclusions.
If we draw them often enough, we call it knowledge.”
Now, there are others in the lecture hall nodding. One or two are smiling.
I smile back. Then, I am ambushed by a thought that I say aloud: “And, our emotions and actions confirm it.”
At this point, I don’t know what the people watching me can see. But, I know how I feel. I’ve been hit by lightning: a white hot flash with jangling, jumping sparks.
I have said something but I don’t know what it means. For me, that is an exquisite pain. A “who said that?” moment.
I want to talk. To continue the lecture. My mouth opens but it’s empty of words. At least, I won’t say anything stupid. I search the faces before me. Some are staring; some distracted. A few are glancing at their notes. Someone peeks at their watch.
I take a sip from the glass of water. The crystalline moment melts away.
The clock resumes its ticking.
Then, face flushed, I turn to the whiteboard, scribbling some key points about logic and policy development. I try to continue as though nothing has changed. Only a couple of minutes and it is done. The lecture hall rapidly empties. I stand on the podium alone. I am wondering what on earth I meant when I said … What exactly did I say?
I see myself from high above, looking down on a small stage. I’m that figure “strutting and fretting.” But, for me, nothing is the same again. Never, ever again.
That mysterious moment supercharges my work for the next quarter of a century. I pick and prod at it. I twist and turn it. I fuss and fiddle until, eventually, it begins to make sense. And, the sense grows to knowledge.
The knowledge becomes a passion.
So, this book is dedicated to that moment. It is the product of those years of work to make sense of a comment, a common conclusion, and a shared smile.
I think about that moment and, instantly, I am back in that lecture hall.
I take a sip from the glass of pure water, searching for that missing meaning. Then, I understand and I am fluent again.
The Info Age: a High Tech Cage
“Houston. We’ve had a problem here.”
That calm but profoundly disturbing message from Jack Swigert in Apollo 13 to Mission Control on 13 April 1970 seems more momentous over time.
They are running out of oxygen. Things are not right.
The message, nowadays shortened to “Houston. We have a problem,” is the call of the lead scout back to base, warning of danger. It is as simple and as significant as a finger touching a flame.
Withdraws hand rapidly.
“Brain, we have a problem.”
We have a problem and it’s getting dangerous. It is as loud as the earth grinding on its axis but so common that we hardly hear it.
All day, every day we collect information. We are grazing animals, sifting through facts from the moment we wake to the moment we snore. We are probably doing it during our sleeping hours, too. Some say we vacuum about four million facts a second. We notice only about two thousand.
When we are with people, we see their eyes, their lips, their hands, their feet, their hair, their clothes, their gestures, their facial expressions, and their posture. Around them we see chairs, tables, walls, paintings, computer screens, windows, vehicles, birds, clouds, trees, mountains, city buildings, bridges.
Those of us with sight are being constantly bombarded with visual images: enough to fill our mind many times over. Each of those named objects has a million variations of color, texture, character. Our minds process these, a million a moment.
But, our ears are working too, capturing the sound of our world: the clicking, scraping, tapping, whirring, creaking, whistling, banging, singing, scratching, howling, roaring, and booming: enough, you’d think, to fill our mind all over again.
And, those of us with a sense of smell are constantly surrounded by insinuating scents: the aroma of people, carpet, food, fresh air, smoke, perfume.
We love to linger with our sense of taste: we know the flavor of our mouths, our pens, our fingers, our partner’s lips, our food: cheese, chili, ketchup, and carrot.
We feel textures and touches like sandpaper, silk, shattered glass, feather, fur, flame, and needle jab.
It is enough, it seems, to fill our mind many, many times over.
“In form and moving how express and admirable!
In action how like an angel! In apprehension how
like a god!”
But, we are highly refined. Touched by the transfiguring power of God. We can easily absorb all these sounds, smells and sights, tastes, and touches. We pay attention to some. We ignore others.