CareerZOT Talk by Kathy Seaton
Slack. Remember the days
when we were forced to
talk to each other at work,
face to face, in person?
I'm very guilty of using technology to communicate, however,
I would like to argue the point that we rely too much on our
smart devices and laptops, rather than face-to-face discussion.
There are pitfalls when we don't talk to each other and we're
robbing ourselves of the opportunity to share, collaborate,
strategize, and brainstorm. There is no way that creative or
productive planning can be accomplished over email or text.
We might be finding that it's easier to text or email so that we
can craft our messages, and perhaps, hide behind them. But
remember that our little smart phone devices were originally
designed so that we could communicate more efficiently.
I believe that more “real” business happens with “real”
And here's why.
- We need to engage. Relationship building is the most
important thing that we can foster at work. It positions us
as leaders, and it makes us more successful. But indeed,
these relationships need to be built from contact, from
conversation—or maybe even debate—but it needs to
- We need to use our time wisely. A simple conversation can
save you the time of exchanging 20 emails—the back and
forth interaction is often a total waste of time.
- Our conversations should be concise and to the point to
accomplish something. And detailed discussions can't be
done by staring at a computer screen.
I'll leave you with this thought to consider. Author David Lynch
said, “Everyone is on the internet but they're not talking to each
other. There are groups upon groups out there, but they don't
talk to one another. So, while the internet brings everyone into
a shared space, it does not necessarily bring them together.”
Read more at ce.uci.edu/careerzot