"There are notes between notes, you know." -- Sarah Vaughan

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Incommunicado

I have a short attention span and wild imagination. If you are talking to me about something I have little to no interest in, you sound like Charlie Brown's teacher to me.

If you want me to do something, the best way to accomplish that goal is to write it down. Counting on me to remember the specifics of the ish you said is almost like you never told me. I wasn't listening. But, if it's written down, I can refer back to it and we're all good.

Plus, the beauty of writing it down means there is a paper trail we can both refer to later if needed. No, well "I said" this and "I thought you said" that confusion.

WRITE. IT. DOWN.

I work with at least one person who does not communicate in the way that I do. She likes to walk around with papers and lists she has created via our many electronic systems and ask a bunch of questions that I feel have been answered via the many electronic systems, since that is their purpose.

Recently, I told her to stop coming by my desk interrupting my blogging, tweeting and Facebooking (LOL!) to ask me questions that have already been answered via the electronic systems. For example, asking me if we are going to do a story. Was there anyone assigned to it in the electronic system? No? Then that's your answer. If I haven't assigned a producer to it, I don't have plans for my team to do it. No need to come ask me about it. No name, no do. It's really that simple.

Finally, if I email you a question that is fairly straightforward and rather than respond "yes" or "no" you pick up the phone and call me....you are dead to me.

But y'all already knew I was funnyactin', right?

How do you best communicate?

4 comments:

  1. Short attention span + wild imagination = tough combination :-)
    I have similar issues in that I'm a manic multitasker and can't always keep the tasks straight. Plus I'm always thinking about the next thing. So unless something is written down, it doesn't exist for me. As a matter of fact, I will have a phone conversation and wrap it with - can you send me a summary of what we talked about in email? Plus, I like the azz-coverageness of print. Folkz can be trifling.

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  2. Funny!  At work I prefer to solely communicate electronically (via email or IM) for the CYA that OneChele mentioned.  The one exeption is when it is clear that said communication has been misunderstood or needs clarification; in that case I prefer to pick up the phone or go to someone's office, nip it in the bud and resume my e-communication ;-)

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  3. I've been told I talk too much ...

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  4. SassyJJ1/29/2012

    LOL!  Well, since I have a counselor background, I try to use those oh-so-helpful active listening skills.  But, er, yeah...write it down and I'm good.  My memory ain't what it used to be! :)

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