One of the most useful things I took away from the readings this week was that in-person communication is still the most effective method. Every other method requires the person delivering the message to make up for the fact that they are not delivering it in person.
It is quick to email or text. However, if it is more effective to speak in person, it may be more efficient to avoid email/text have a live conversation. Other options are Skype, or the telephone, if you are not in the same area. But both require that the person actually be there to have the conversation. And that gets back to one reason people rely on email and text so much: because the person can pick up the message when it is convenient.
A new startup, Tango, has an answer to this that I found interesting. Video messaging.
This leads me another reality we confront daily: the sheer number of channels available for communication, and the developments that occur daily in those channels. It is our responsibility to keep abreast of new developments and develop an understanding of the benefits of each channel and when each should be employed.
When would you choose blogs over text over v-logs over social media over teleconferencing over the telephone over in-person over video messaging over…….?
Of course, it really depends on your audience, and your message, but how does one evaluate blogs v. social media v. in-person interactions v. print?