Have you ever asked someone a simple question, such as, “What ice cream flavour do you enjoy?” and received an answer that sounded like this:
“My favourite ice cream is dark chocolate from the neighbourhood creamery. It brings a deep cocoa flavour and rich texture that I prefer over the other chain store down the road, that store tastes too chemical, and actually I think the reason I prefer this dark chocolate over the other store is because when I was a kid, blah, blahblahblah, blahblah…”?
Long-winded responses offer a lot of information, but the level of detail might be too much! It may not seem like a big deal in casual conversation, such as two friends discussing favourite ice cream flavours. However, when we think about the ramifications in a personal, academic, or professional setting, lacking efficient communication skills can create misunderstanding, generate more questions, and make everything we say sound less clear and credible.
In this interactive workshop, we will practice using stories to refine the habit of being a concise communicator.