In addition, I have made, and continue to make several changes in my local setting. I am making my plans more well-known. I am providing weekly emails to my congregation outlining events, schedules, etc. I am including sermon topics and Scriptures in many publications (paper and online). I am working hard to communicate.
But it has occurred to me that communication goes two ways. I can give you all sorts of information, but there is more to the equation.
- For communication to be effective, I have to give you information. I cannot assume that you know anything that I know. I need to tell you over and over again.
- For communication to be effective, I have to listen to the response you have to my information. There is an inherent give and take in effective communication.
- For communication to be effective, you have to share information with me. I can spew out information all day long, but you have to give information as well.
- For communication to be effective, you have to hear the information that I am offering. That means paying attention, listening and absorbing information that is offered.
Communicating is one of the hardest- and most important- things that we do. I am constantly working to improve my communications. You should do the same.