In 3 John 13, the apostle John informs Gaius that he had many thing to write him, but did not wish to use pen and paper. The content that he wished to share was content that John thought best presented in person. With so many modes of communication at our disposal, face to face communication is viewed by some as inconvenient. Many people spend more time texting on their cell phones than they do talking. Email and electronic messaging are great time savers in the work place and in our personal communication. However, there are times when face to face communication is the most effective way to communicate. If face-to-face is not possible, consider using your phone to actually make a call.
Remember that the goal of all communication is understanding. When communicating things that are complex, face-to-face communication allows you to see if the other person is following what you are saying. They are able to ask for clarification and the possibility of misunderstanding is reduced. If you sent a text message or email and find yourself having to reply more than twice for clarification, pick up the phone and call the person.
Use face-to-face communication when negotiating on the job. You can confirm what was agreed upon via email. But the initial conversation should be person-to-person.
Communicate in person when you are communicating about sensitive subjects. When you communicate through written word, people often go back and pick apart your words searching for the real meaning behind the words, and making assumptions about what you meant by the words that you used or didn’t use.
Be considerate enough to use face-to-face communication when ending a relationship. People shouldn’t have to find out that their relationship is over via a change in someone’s relationship status on social media. Text messages are not appropriate for breaking up. Treat the person how you would want to be treated.
Communication is about more than just words. It is about meaning. Face-to-face communication allows you to explore the meaning behind the words by observing facial expressions, tone of voice, inflection, and body language. When communicating, remember that there is a great difference between convenient and effective.
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