You and I have a long list of projects that need to get accomplished. So do our co-workers. Everyone I know has all they can handle right now.
So, let’s get efficient at communicating. We don’t need a 1 hour lunch meeting to answer a quick yes/no question. Here are some suggestions for honoring the time of our peers.
- When urgent decisions are needed, text messages are usually best. Most of us are sensitive to responding to those communications first.
- If not urgent, the next best option is email. That gives people a chance to read it, research what they need to know, and then respond.
- If it’s conversational in nature, consider walking alongside when you see the person you need in the hallway. Use your observational powers to know if they are in a hurry and too busy to talk.
- If you are sure you need a meeting, make it a short one (5-10 minutes) and that makes it easier to accept.
- Save those lunch meetings (or 1 hour meeting requests) as a last resort. Give the other person a full disclosure of your agenda ahead of time. Don’t use the meeting as an introduction to the topic. Allow them to become informed before they come to the meeting.
If communication is done efficiently and effectively, we can then use all the time we save to “hang out” together or go home early!
What do you think?
Thanks for listening.
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