If there is one communication tip that I have for people in the modern era, it is that they ditch Email. Why do I say that?
I say that because I think that people rely entirely on Email at times. I know that I have been guilty of it myself. Rather than get up, and go find someone, I’ve sent those emails. You know the kind- asking a question, asking a favor, needing a response. Sitting in my chair, wondering when I’m going to get a response, wasting time. So, my suggestion to you is this- Get up and walk to their desk, and spend some face to face time. Pick up the phone and call. Use other methods of communication, but do not rely solely on email.
Now, I’m not saying that some things aren’t well suited to email. Email is not a synchronous form of communication, no matter how much we try to make it so. Sometimes you will encounter people who simply don’t read their emails. Who are slack about responding, then what are you going to do? You can’t expect people to instantly give you the answers you want, when you need them. Get up and go find them, I say. Pick up the phone. Don’t rely entirely on electronics to communicate with people.
By spending time face to face, and talking to people, you will be perceived as more caring, more interested, and a better performer. People will respond if you seek them out, and you will get what you need faster. In this day and age, anything that yields faster results, with less work is good. It’s a win-win in my book. Try it- and see what happens. Get out from behind the desk, and try it out.
What do you think? Would you ditch email?