The buzz word that’s going around is ‘Communication’ and though I have been dealing with the subject/topic for over two decades, I am yet to understand the meaning of the term.
The other day, at a management association meeting, the speaker stressed the importance of communication skills, adding that it was a gray area among our software professionals.
The next day, at an informal get-together of a few “intellectuals”, I noticed a few of them expressed a similar opinion. This prompted me to ask whether they meant not being conversant in the language (Speaking English is not a problem with urbanites at least , as far as I know) or with their expression.
Neither, came the prompt answer from one of them. Then where lies the problem, I asked, puzzled.
We either over communicate by talking too much and not coming to the point or talk about everything else and miss the point in the process, explained he.
In both cases the purpose is lost, don’t you think? I observed.
You are right grandma. Only yesterday my teacher explained the difference between conversation and communication ,I believe the first may or may not have a purpose but communication should certainly have a purpose and should be to the point,” I heard a young voice explaining the difference . It was that of my ten-year-old grandson who apparently was listening to our discussion.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao