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People’s Communication Channel of Choice

If you want to effectively communicate with others you need to find out their communication channel of choice. Now I’m not talking about when you are talking to them face to face, rather I mean more distant communication.

To me there are three big communication channel:

  • Email
  • Phone
  • Text

There are others, Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram DM, etc. You should know which one they prefer and will respond to the quickest.

How To Find Out

There are two methods to find out what works best for a person.

Ask. This is the easiest. When you first meet them and are exchanging contact info, ask which they prefer.

Test. Try sending them an email and see if that gets a response. Then try text, or calling them. Truth is this is the most reliable, as people may say they read email, but really don’t respond until you text them

The big takeaway here is you don’t get to pick. You don’t get to use your preferred communication method just because you want to. If you want to communicate with someone, you need to speak their language.

Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

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