The Dangers of Clear Communication

DANGERThere are DANGERS to being clear in your communication? 

Absolutely! Here are seven…can you think of more?

  1. People might not like what they hear.
  2. You have a higher level of accountability to the commitments and promises you make.
  3. You will expose the “weak links” in your organization.
  4. It’s harder to shift the blame.
  5. You will have to share credit where credit is due.
  6. You can’t just “wing it” anymore.
  7. You have to come up with good reasons explaining what you are doing.

Being clear IS hard work. You can see why so many people hide behind poor communication as one of their primary “dodging” strategies. But, being clear is the kind of work that builds TRUST that allows you to accomplish much more in the long run.


4 thoughts on “The Dangers of Clear Communication

  1. Bruce, I’m Mindy’s Mom and read all I get from you. BUT this one on COMMUNICATION was very timely. I’m having my first Women’s Club Trustee/Board meeting as new President on Monday. I plan on reading this to my Officers & Chairmen.

    We seem to have a bit of that problem and I hope to make some VERY POSITIVE CHANGES and this is a perfect start
    Thank you, Lynn

    1. Lynn, thank you for your note of encouragement. I’m afraid the problems of poor communication is more common than we would like to admit. Best of luck on your meeting as President! Remember the 5 B’s of public speaking… Be Brief Brother, be brief : )

  2. As a Christian I can tell you that more than a few times being clear about boundaries has left people VERY unhappy with what I had to say. But beating around the bush has it’s own cost.

    1. Cathy, I’m sure your experience is echoed by many. This is where I love the balance that the scripture brings…We are to speak BOTH truth and love. Ephesians 4:6 has some great advice as well, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

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