An incident happened involving my job in New York. My hostel had no internet access so although I was aware of an appointment happening the next day, I could not check my email for updates on the time scheduled. Checking my email only in the morning at work, I realized I had missed it. I approached my boss to inform him of my plan to reschedule it immediately.
Various aspects of this incident illustrated how critical effective communication is in interactions. Firstly, we live in a world where being unconnected is not an option. With literally all information available on the internet, we are connected globally and everyone has access to all forms of knowledge.
Secondly, mistaken assumptions undermine communication. With that in mind, we should always apply a measure of conservativeness when making assumptions. The incident might have been avoidable if I had considered the possibility of the appointment taking place in the morning and made a phone call to be sure. The repercussions did not just involve missing an appointment but also included communicating an inappropriate impression. In a hurry to propose a solution, my follow up actions failed to consider corporate culture or communicate remorse.
Just one personal anecdote illustrated several examples of the need for effectiveness in communicating successfully, but the applications are limitless. Education is readily accessible but its how one communicates value in his degree that wins the job. According to Bergson, intellect is not presenting knowledge but presenting it in such a way that we may act on it. Long reports are becoming obsolete while conveying essential information efficiently is value-added. Personal regrets are usually attributed to ineffective communication be it ruining of plans due to unclear communication of schedules or missing once in a lifetime opportunities.
Better timed and planned communication allows for misunderstandings to be revealed early for rectification. Confidence is essential as opportunities favour the bold while egoism is detrimental to communication as it elicits barriers to message channels. It is also important to consciously communicate with oneself by learning and not repeating mistakes.