“Rhythmic patterns facilitate the co-activity of groups and aid their members in coordinating energies and resources in work…” - Alan Lomax
What is the “rhythm of communication”?
Although every spoken message contains a vocal rhythm… …and any written message possesses syllables that combine to make a flow of words… …what is meant by “rhythm” is the pattern of sending and receiving messages that people become accustomed to in their work routines… …and how these patterns apply differently for the various mediums of communications that business relies on today.
That is the longest sentence I will ever write.
Anyway, as I was typing, the business world can communicate in more ways than ever before. The question is…does this improve how we communicate?
- Companies can hold conferences between people in different countries
- Soldiers can speak face to face with their families at home, with only a thin screen of separation
- Political debates include and respond to live feedback from citizens across the country
We are connected in a web that’s intricacy and quality has never been better and is constantly improving.
But there will never be a better option than a personal encounter for communicating your message.
Because with all of this new technology for hearing a message, there is also the same opportunity for avoiding a message.
Presenters must accept that their audience can send e-mails, check scores and status updates, talk to anyone via text message, and choose from millions of websites to surf while they speak in front of a room.
This is annoying, awkward, and angering…but at the same time…inspiring, because now we are forced to be interesting when we present.
The message that you’re communicating needs to be better than those distractions, and if it isn’t, then why are you wasting their time?
This leads into the observation that the majority of people talk longer than they need to.
I believe that most meetings and conferences could be conducted in half the time, if we could only distill our messages into the most important points.
So save your breath, avoid the long winded explanation, the world is rotating too quickly for these diatribes to be attended to.
Attention spans are shortening folks, and this coin has two clearly defined sides. We can pay attention to more things in a day, but for less amounts of time.
The greatest article circulates for a day and a half and then become old news in the business world. But so what? Now we can read a tablet full of amazing articles per week.
We learn more, but now we need to focus on internalizing messages faster. And this comes from consolidating information into the most important points.
Oh… and keep it to 3 points please…more than that and it’s hard to remember.