When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Acts 2:6
One of the main reasons why some of us failed is due primarily to ineffective communication. Ineffective communication results from assumptions, keeping mum about things and not saying exactly what is required, what you need and what you have done.
Too many times we assume that other individuals know what we want to be done. Sometimes we do not communicate at all but yet we expect the outcome to be successful. Leaders have failed because they did not communicate effectively even though they may have done a lot.
Together in one open place
One of the keys to communicate effectively is that we need to be together in one place. Most times, we communicate, we are not together and so the messages do not reach the appropriate and relevant individuals. The messages get lost and sometimes when it reaches others, the messages are change.
With the advancement of technology, it is easy to reach everyone at the same time especially through social media. One message can be delivered at the same time to everyone so that everyone receive the message at the same time.
The advantage about being everyone being together is that if the message is not communicated clearly, individuals have an opportunity to pose questions for clarity. Therefore it is important for families to have family meetings, businesses to have staff and management meetings and churches to have board and business meetings. There is so much misunderstanding and hearsay but when you get together
Hearing and understanding the same language
When the day of Pentecost came, the Jews from every nation heard their own language being spoken and so they understood the messages.
Too many times when we communicate, our messages are not clearly understood by the recipients. Some of the messages are above our heads and so the messages are not communicate effectively because the intended recipients do not comprehend it even though they hear the message. Therefore we need to ensure that the messages are not just heard but also understood. Keep the messages simple. There is no need to overuse big words. You do not need to prove to anyone that you are educated. You are not being an effective communicator if you are using words and phrases that individuals do not understand. While you may succeed in making a lasting impression on someone, however, you walk away without communicating your message effectively.
Communicating effectively can save a relationship. Communicating effectively can allow you to win an election. Communicate effectively will make you a successful leader. Communicating effectively therefore will eliminate misunderstandings, reduce confusion and foster unity in the work force, the church, the country and the home.
Do not take anyone for granted. Communicate effectively with the recipients even if it means using social media. Encourage feedback so that you are sure that the message is communicated correctly.