Looking back at my childhood, it’s surprising and a little embarrassing how messy I was as a kid since I’m now very organized and process-minded. When it came to report cards, I was consistent with getting good grades, but also getting the same comment from teachers that “Liz chats a lot with her classmates”, which hasn’t changed. What can I say? I just love talking and catching-up, even as a 3rd grader.
Nowadays, most people ‘talk’ through e-mail, text messages, commenting on Facebook, or Snapchats. In my opinion, those aren’t real conversations. Granted, context of conversation or other limitations such as long-distance might be a factor in using those technologies, but for the most part I think there’s no reason not to have face time with others, especially in the office.
I was reading an article from Forbes and wanted to share this author’s thought on interpersonal communications: “Whenever you can, get in front of your audience, in person. Press the flesh, look them in the eye, and be available to interact with them directly.”1
I agree and think this is relevant on so many levels. Sometimes it’s hard to express our thoughts in writing. Sometimes a comment gets lost in translation. Sometimes that comment doesn’t even show up in Adobe even though you marked it up (I believe you).
These in-person conversations don’t need to be limited to project questions either. Get to know your teammates, co-workers, and clients. Strike-up a convo at the printer or when you’re toasting a bagel on Friday. You might find out you share a similar interest or hobby. Or perhaps they’ll inspire you to take up a new activity. I’ve been fortunate to have several friendships that have lasted beyond a brand’s lifecycle and I attribute that to a deeper level of engagement (or it could be the candy jar).
So before you push ‘send’ on that next message, try communicating face-to-face.