Communication – The Missing Bit

Communication – The Missing Bit

Apr 15
Communication – The Missing Bit

Many Forms of Communication

There are so many forms of communication nowadays it is really easy to lose track.  Who knew that in my lifetime I would be able to hold a device in my hand and see and talk to a person in Australia.  I never imagined when I was at school that I would be able to send a letter to someone anywhere in the world and have them receive it on their computer just minutes later.  Or even be able to order a dishwasher from home at 8.30pm on a Saturday night and have it arrive a little less than 12 hours later!
It’s  amazing what can be achieved with effective communication that has the right processes and systems to be able to back it up.  As human’s we seem to have an awful lot to communicate. Apparently there are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data produced daily.  We love to communicate and share things.  However we don’t always do it very well.

How do you feel when your internet connection is lost? What about when your Email is down or your phone line has a fault?  A bit like you are missing a limb?

Communication is so important to everyone it’s so essential in our day to day lives not just in business but in every aspect of our lives.
We all have a love hate affair with the telephone. We love to have it with us and talk to people while we are on the go but we hate it when people call us to waste our time, think, recorded calls and sales calls that disrupt your day.  We hate waiting for that expected call, the delivery of a yes or no on the deal we have been waiting to hear about.  Should we stay in? Should we go out? What calls will we miss or have to catch up on?

The Missing Bit

The missing bit is the most important, it is the bit that causes most stress.  When it’s not there is when communication or rather non-communication is thrust to the forefront of our day.  When we don’t get that phone call, when we can’t get that meeting and worst of all when you can’t get a response from someone.

We have all been in the situation where we are waiting to hear from someone about something, perhaps innocuous to the person we are waiting to hear from but that is really important to us personally.  Great customer service starts when  that person really grasps the importance to you and is willing and able to help you.  It ends then when they either can’t help as they haven’t been empowered to do so and they just don’t understand how important this piece of information is to you.  Even if there is nothing to say or no update, it is reassuring to hear from that contact to at least let you know of no news.  You are accountable, reliable and present.

No news is good news might be a good anecdote but not hearing from a company after repeated calls and emails can be worrying.  All sorts of questions arise, is the business too small to cope, too busy to help, doesn’t want to deal with you, made a huge mistake and very worst, gone out of business!

Online and Offline

We all communicate all the time online and offline.  Offline, face to face, we do it without consciously thinking about it, in fact  at times the majority of our communication is mostly non verbal and pretty unconscious. There are studies that say that this non verbal element makes up 93%  of our communication, others say anywhere between 60% and 90%.  Regardless it is still more than half.

The other side of communication then is listening, we have all heard the saying about 1 mouth and 2 ears so we should listen twice as much as we talk.  We can all listen but unless we understand it is a pretty pointless exercise.  It is always worth asking questions, to make sure both parties are clear and to use a corporate term ‘on the same page.’

Be Effective, Accountable and Reliable

Communicate effectively, make it easy for people to do business with you, be accountable, reliable and present.  Outsource if necessary to keep communication open and effective.

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