Todd Rhoades at Monday Morning Insight blog had this to say about communication in the church…and a pretty funny video to illustrate:
In many churches, communication sucks.
Many times, we thing we’re communicating very well as leaders, but the truth is, most people don’t get what we’re saying. So… we go about our day and week and then are shocked when people aren’t on board with our plans, our direction, and our future.
It seems that we’re all speaking a different language sometimes.
It’s almost like the encounter Bill Cosby had with this lady:
…very few of us are as good at communicating as we think we are.Actually, the problem is probably two-fold. We don’t communicate as well as we think we do; and we’re not as good of listeners as we need to be.
Perhaps you’ve also played the role of the woman in the video. You find yourself in a situation where you just don’t have a clue (even though you should).
The lesson here for the church leader… communicate early and communicate often. Ask questions to make sure people are following you… don’t just take it for granted.
What are some things that you do to improve communications? What’s the biggest miscommunication/misunderstanding you’ve had in your leadership recently?
Feel free to share.
So how is your communication at home, school, work, church? What are you using to communicate with the people in your life. I thought about this recently, just because I use certain ways of communicating, doesn’t mean others use the same ones (i.e. facebook, email, text). That’s why I try to use multiple methods to communicate…but I’m still not the best at it. I need to do better. What do you do?