Friday, October 7, 2016

Be the Goat?

In my program, How to Stay COOL When Things Heat UP!, I discuss three Verbal Aikido techniques.  The first two are Selective Agreement and Limited Response. I used to call the third technique, ‘Be the GOAT!’  I meant by that: take the high road, don’t push back, let it blow right over your head, act innocent… A quick google search and I discovered ‘G.O.A.T.’ is an acronym for the expression 'greatest of all time.' It’s commonly used in sports when referring to players who are widely considered the most talented.  Today it’s social media slang for someone who is believed to be the best at a certain skill.
But wait, there’s more!  On February 1, 2004, the book Goat: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali was released, referring to boxer Muhammad Ali as the 'greatest of all time.' And on September 12th, 2000, the rapper, LL Cool J, released his eight studio album, G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time). The album was a commercial success, reaching the number one position on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.  I knew about Ali, of course; but clearly I’ve been behind a door when it comes to social media slang!

On my YouTube channel, you can view a video where I tell a story illustrating the use of the third Verbal Aikido technique.  So what shall I call it?  I’m leaning toward 'Intentional Innocence’.  Any ideas?