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Most of us would agree that living through a pandemic gave us a topsy-turvy world. Yes, we’re turning the corner thanks to following guidelines and the availability of effective vaccines, however, this has been a trying time for us in multiple ways. One of those challenges includes our communication which is what this blog is all about.
- We became more technologically savvy with our communication.
- We became more digitally dependent on various platforms (i.e. Zoom, Microsoft teams, Google meetings).
- We encountered “Zoom fatigue” and often had to fight an uphill battle to counter that feeling.
- We lost the immense benefit of non-verbal language, particularly when wearing masks and maintaining social distance.
- We became more challenged if we were hearing impaired or communicating with people who were hearing impaired since the presence of accurate lip-reading was absent.
- We needed to become more patient as our rate of speech was often impacted by a lag time.
- Our tendency to multi-task was increased as our attention spans were often reduced.
- We needed to ensure our clarity and ask open-ended questions to verify being understood.
- We had to have a contingency plan in place if our original form of communication wasn’t what we had anticipated.
- We had to be prepared to reach more individuals than we typically do and see them in a completely different environment.
What got more important?
- Our communication effectiveness in all situations.
Today’s blog is extremely relevant since we never know when we may encounter another topsy-turvy world as we enter the new normal. Be prepared to “stand on your head” as long as you and your staff are getting positive results whenever you communicate.
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