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What are some examples from you own life of communication failures?

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What are some examples from you own life of communication failures?

What are some examples from you own life of communication failures? What problems resulted and how did you make appropriate correction?

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  • josh

    From my perspective it has usually been due to presuppositions that were in my mind – and I am assuming that everyone else has been thinking about the exact thing that I’ve been mulling over for the past hour. And they assume that everyone else has been pondering the same dilemmas that they have been wondering about. But in fact everybody is in their own world. I suppose I need to slow down and try to put myself in their shoes. . .

    Isn’t that the meaning of “get on the same page”?

  • Ngallendou Dièye

    Greatest communication failures = every sermon I ever preached, without listening first to folks’ concerns, problems, fears, beliefs, definitions, and vocabulary.
    As we grow older, we tend to speak in an idiom decades out of date, to an audience that has died, about subjects that no longer matter, with solutions that no longer work.
    Last evening, trying to explain to Madame why we can no longer afford to stay in our house (outrageously-high property taxes and deferred maintenance requirements), all she could hear was that she would have to find new shops that might prove inconvenient, and distance away from grandchildren. Solution: shut up and walk away. There is no communicating with or by those holding irrational fears.

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