How gift of the gab backfires
It is humbly submitted ‘to err is human’ even with the ‘gurus’ of brands and brand-makers. In question here is a rampant crisis of communication referring to students, faculty, researchers, professionals and media so erroneously addressed by brand names in communication without naming but sharing very respectfully.
The reality check of academic, professional and corporate nature and for social, print and electronic media shows an alarming lack of concentration span in verbal and written communication. Despite lofty ideals and rosy claims in educational, business and media excellence, lack of communication skills continues to rip social fabric apart at personal, professional and political levels. Lack of concentration span and lack of communication skills are two glaring question marks.
First question, ‘gurus, experts, specialists’ backfire despite all the wisdom linked to their branded names or titles. For example, communication experts cut a ‘sorry figure’ when they present marathon, complicated and distracting courses in communication skills. It is a test of their devising and conducting courses catering to low concentration span of students, teachers, researchers, media and professionals; for instance, reducing four long and boring pages of a course into a couple of clear, comprehensive and convincing paragraphs of a course outline.
Secondly, with all the worldly and branded dignity and honor associated with our communication maestros and mistresses, they are expected to deviate from the set and stereotype methods in communication skills to innovate and present the same with convincing and overwhelming traits and habits in positive thinking so that future professionals and politicians become accustomed to and acclimatized with learning to co-exist cheerfully with conflicting viewpoints.
Meanwhile, few simple lines to share on the critical corona situation in view of the rampant race in the booming bazar of bewildering communication. Such corona information explosion dangerously complicates and confuses about the core issue due to very and very long: marathon and endless vicious circle amid vociferous alarms of sheer helplessness. Let’s hope our worthy statesmanship, leaders, professionals and communication experts talk on one wavelength and simplify messages according to public psychology, mindsets and concentration span. Tough ask in innovation and insight from none but our illustrious and branded gurus of communication.
The writer, a senior faculty in media management and corporate communication, contributes to media on national and international affairs. [email protected]