Aka are you an Over-1,000-Unopened-Emails kind of person?
Because I am.
Here’s how this topic started out, over Twitter, with an interesting back-and forth friendly exchange with a respected colleague. It’s really some fun food for thought.
Mario Amari, MD tweets:
“When deciding whether or not to work with someone.
The first thing I judge is their communication response time.
If you’re unable to respond to an email, text, phone call, or any other method promptly.
It shows me you’re either not interested or poor at communication.”
My account, in response:
However, I find that the bigger u grow, the harder it becomes 2 reply 2 everyone who reaches out in timely manner.
Esp these days, on #SoMe.
Reason being it isn’t always obvious what purpose is, or who’s trying to sell things when u aren’t interested.
My 2 cents.”
Amari, replying back:
Getting to inbox zero is difficult.
Screening and learning when and how to reply become vital.
If it isn’t apparent what the purpose is, that serves as another ex of poor communication skills.
I’m sure we are both inundated with emails.
Writing a good subject line helps.”
Me, response tweet:
“I was thinking same thing re: #communication.
I personally value it, over anything.
When u communicate properly, there’s transparency.
Some accounts are purposely opaque, in order to ‘trick’ potential clients in.
This contributes to our lack of a timely response.
So there you have it. Reply Paralysis. A condition many of us exhibit, possibly because of modern day inundation with spam. We can no longer easily distinguish between what’s important and what isn’t.
Do you exhibit Reply Paralysis? Write about it below, or share with your friends so you can all discuss.