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John Byrne Communicating About Communications

Yesterday, my family and I went to a matinee holiday concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, followed by our attendance at a home Bulls game (they actually won in OT against the Atlanta Hawks).

One child’s take on the day’s activities:

“At the concert, we weren’t supposed to make any noise.  And at the Bulls game, they wanted us to make as much noise as possible.”

It was a very interesting observation, and it was a great reminder that the ability to communicate is completely dependent on the situation.  Not a paradigm-shifting thought, certainly, but it is proof that a one-size-fits-all approach to communications is not a good idea.  Think about this example the next time someone asks why the same idea or solution cannot be applied to different situations.  The answer is that context is everything.

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