My friend, Ken Cochrum, recently shared this infographic from the Washington Post in his blog On Leading Well. I’ve been thinking about it and so I pass it along.
As this infographic shows, the majority of people in the world speak one of 12 languages as their native tongue. If you want to communicate a message to all the world, these are the languages to focus on first. It’s also interesting to remember that as a second-language, English predominates world-wide, which is helpful to the language-impaired, like myself. But for people to really hear a message and understand it, there’s no substitute for their heart language.