Barbara Mayfield, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
How do we miscommunicate? Let me count the ways!
Updated: Dec 3, 2022
Miscommunication – the #1 search term bringing visitors to this website. That alone draws attention to how common it is and how much we want to prevent the damage it can cause.
As I have shared in previous posts, the harmful effects of miscommunication are serious:
Miscommunication is responsible for one-third of all project failures according to a study conducted by the Project Management Institute. (1)
Miscommunication is one of the top reasons for all relationship failures. (2)
And, it is cited as the #1 reason people quit a job. (3)
How do we miscommunicate?
To have a little fun with the topic of miscommunication, I created 10 contestants competing for the title of “Mis- Communication.” The contestants are:
Miss Understanding – AKA “What you said and what I thought you said are NOT the same.”
Miss Perception – AKA “Did I hear or read that correctly?”
Miss Conception – AKA “Contagious falsehoods… because they are so common.”
Miss Information – AKA “Not making sure what you said is what you meant to say.”
Miss Interpretation – AKA “Not getting enough information to know what is meant.”
Miss Aligned – AKA “Not speaking the same language, even if it is all English.”
Miss Spelled – AKA “The typo.”
Miss Taken – AKA “The message is wrong, often without the sender or receiver even realizing the error.”
Miss Pronounce – AKA “I really don’t know this word, so I’m going to make it obvious by the way I say it.”
Miss Print – AKA “Autocorrect.”
And our bonus contestant…
Mr. E – AKA “A mystery… no communication.”
How can we overcome miscommunication?
My goal is to identify the ways we miscommunicate and offer solutions to overcome each one. To this end, I have posted blogs discussing each of the individual contestants:
How do YOU miscommunicate most often?
To answer this question, I created a self-assessment. Use it to determine which types of miscommunication challenge you most. Click the quiz button on the home page to get your free copy: https://www.nutritioncommunicator.com/
Following the assessment, find practical solutions to overcome each type of miscommunication.
Which one is your arch-nemesis? What can you do to overcome it?
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
If you like this content, please share it: