Before the Bell
In the past if you wanted to communicate with someone you got yourself in front of that person and spoke to them directly. If you had time to wait you could also have sent them a letter. Then Alexander Graham Bell came along and the telephone was added to our list of possible ways to communicate.
When there were only three ways to communicate, in person, by telephone or by letter which do you think was the most effective?
Face to face communication was, because it included smiles and eyes which are windows to the soul. It also features facial gestures and body language attitude – which by the way is contagious, and all sorts of non-verbal cues.
A communication explosion
Fast forward to today and suddenly we’re bombarded with so many more ways to communicate, email, text message, voice mail, video conference. With so many different ways to communicate with each other it’s kind of tempting not to bother getting into a room with someone when we can just as easily stay right where we are and pick up the phone or send off a text or an email.
Put your best face forward
Phone, text and email are all great and convenient ways to communicate if that communication is straight forward and simply a way to pass on information. However if you have an idea or a request or something really important to say, the best way to say it, is the oldest, most tried and true way – face-to-face.
If you’ve got a great new idea that you want to present to your boss the last thing you want to do is explain it over email. Email cannot convey the details of the message the way you can in person. It cannot hold your boss’ attention the way you can. It cannot fill him or her with the passion and excitement you can.
You know when you come away from talking with someone feeling energized and excited by what they just said? That can never happen over a text or email. Face-to-face interactions bring ideas and concepts to life.
So if you have something important to say, use email or a text message or a phone call to set up a meeting, and then get yourself there and communicate your message face-to-face.