After the last Skype call, I thought I would write about effective communication. However, the topic raised many questions for me.
If we do not necessarily have black and white defined questions and answers in our course of investigation through this degree then is any one specific type of communication the best, most accurate, or effective for correspondence?
For many people, writing about topics immediately after the monthly Skype chats best fits their schedules. Writing immediately after discussion can be a great thought process yet it may not allow us to fully explore varying possibilities.
I talked about trying to define when personal life becomes professional and is professional life always personal. I did not specify that my question pertained to teaching and choreography methods so some of the chat went into the development of students becoming part of an instructor's family due to the amount of time and care teachers provide their students. So I now ask are the students more a part of a community than family?
Just this morning I had a member of my family write me to question the professionalism of a coach who was late showing up for a competition in which her daughter was participating. My family member arrived on time which was early as she had been told the meet might start early if all of the competition staff was in place. Instead of focusing on the reality of her daughter being early and not missing her performance/competition moment she has chosen to focus on the coach's tardiness. This coach like myself is not just a coach but the owner of her business. As a business owner there are times when the business develops a life of its own and throws many obstacles in one's way. I do believe owners, coaches, and instructors should follow the guidelines they set forth for their students/clientele; however, I know that sometimes mishaps and other challenges arise. As a business owner I have to draw a line where what happens and may impact my ability to be or appear professional and on time is my personal business not something to be discussed with customers, students, and their families.
Was this communication effective as my family member was able to participate in the competition because she followed instructions and arrived early? Or was this not effective correspondence because the business owner/coach did not make clear the reality that she might not be early?
Personal vs. professional. Communication on a need to know basis. Simplified examples of the questions we discussed that still do not give me clarity as to how best to communicate with others in this course of study.
I am old fashioned and do not like blogging. Email is a big enough pain in my backside. Facebook takes too much time.
How many people will read this blog since it was not written within the first week after our last Skype chat? I did not read blogs after the last chat until today. Personal and professional schedules impact when and how we communicate. If talking or writing family members takes priority before customers and students then where does reading and writing blogs fit into the order of important communication skills?
Many more questions and not any real answers.