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Can you hear me?

NATO Boundry

“Communication works for those who work at it.”
- John Powell


Communication is one of the most powerful tools available to a person. It’s no coincidence that oppressive regimes limit their citizen’s ability to communicate between one another and attempt to be the only outlet for any information. Communication is how we interact with the world and each other. The picture above was taken at Lakeshore Drive this morning. There were hundreds of dump trucks lined up end-to-end to ensure that the communication happening at the NATO Summit wouldn’t be disturbed.

So if this is one of the most important skills, then why is it then that there are poor so many communicators out there? In the business realm, I feel pretty good about my ability to communicate in an effective and direct way. But with friends and those close to me, I start to feel much less so. When emotions are high, everything starts to get fuzzy. Maybe it’s the clarity of goals at work. I know that X needs to happen to reach the goal of Y. So I’m able to understand and work towards Y, helping others see and work on what needs to be done.

But I become much less sure of what to do in my personal relationships. This is something I’ve always struggled with. Whenever I let someone down, or my expectations aren’t met, I have real trouble knowing what to say or do in order to make things right. This is on my mind today because there was a recent miscommunication with someone I care about, who I disappointed. And I’m not sure what to do. In the end, I’m sure I’ll learn from this experience and be better for it.

And that’s all we can do, right? Take each experience, learn what we can from it, and continue working to be the best person we can be.

Thanks for reading and make it a great week, all.

  • There is definitely a line between how we present ourselves in our jobs and outside of work. There is a certain amount of professionalism that should go on in a work relationship even if you’re friends outside the office because you might not be at that place of work forever and those relationships tend to change once you move on.

    I think in personal relationships there are truly so few people who ‘get’ us without their own expectations clouding things that miscommunication is inevitable. All you can really do is apologize if you feel something may not have come off as intended. I can tell you based off of something I’m going through right now that hoping things smooth over without talking about it won’t make things better with the other person. Someone owes me an apology and I’m not likely to get it. In the end, I need to come to terms with that but it doesn’t bode well for me feeling like being around them and they’re pretty close to me. Do yourself and the relationship a favor and talk to them. Communication is the key and be careful out there. I was wondering how close the protesters were to you.

  • Sound advice, Mrs! Sorry I’m just getting around to replying. I did talk it through, sort of, and apologized and things are better. I’m sorry to hear about your situation and hope that the person surprises you and does apologize. Thankfully, the protestors actually didn’t effect me at all, other than I got to work from home that Friday :)

    jeff

    May 30, 2012

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