Friday, 25 July 2014
No. 4 Myth of Effective Communication
Old myth: "Communication only occurs when others are present. The active periods of communication take place when people are together (i.e. in meetings, etc.) and it goes dormant when people are not in direct conversation."
New principle: "Communication is in constant motion at all times and we continuously enact our patterns when we make meaning and coordinate actions with others - before, during and after face-to-face interactions."
I love the good old sentence One cannot not communicate. We are always influencing each other whether we are F2F or online, synchronized or asynchronized. Our communication matter when we are in a meeting and when we are not, when we participate or stay silent. We communicate all the time wherever we are whoever we are with.
* The myths and principles are citations from Sostrin, J. (2013) Re-Making Communication at Work.