How many conversations have you had recently that involved you talking face-to-face or on the phone? In the age of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, iMessage and email, we bet it’s less than a quarter of all the communication you’ve had in the past six months.
For our digital dominated world, communicating from behind screens is now the norm. In fact, many of us joke about how we feel outraged if a call pops up on our smartphones. For those of us who can remember the days before mobile technology, the ways we used to organise our lives and keep up with the important people in our world seems quaint.
The art of conversation is dying, and nobody is trying to resuscitate it.
However, conversation is absolutely vital to change the world for the better. In our small corner of the business landscape, conversation is the catalyst for making progress that will improve the experience of workers, their productivity and the profits for their company.
It all begins with a conversation. One where coaches sit down with their client to talk about how they are thinking and feeling, where they need to make changes and how they are going to get there. From then on, implementing those changes demands that you communicate with your colleagues with clarity. For senior management, we work to help them build excellent channels of communication with their teams. For employees, it’s about making sure you talk through any challenges and feel comfortable in expressing ideas.
Sure, you can do some of those things from behind a screen, but mostly these are conversations that need to happen in person. People talking through issues together to make things work better for themselves and the wider business.
We want to change
In our business, we’ve spent three years building a strong social media presence on various platforms. We’ve enjoyed success, had a boost in followers and shared our expertise with an audience interested in learning more. However, when we think about the cornerstone characteristic of our business, it’s talking, not typing.
With that in mind, we’re waving goodbye to the world of social media. We want to talk to our followers, but not from behind a computer anymore. Instead, we’re going to practice what we preach and seek out conversations. They are going to involve coffee, comfy cafes and real engagement on a human level.
The only thing that will remain are the articles we write to delve deeper into the world of coaching and how it can benefit businesses. These pieces stand-alone from likes and the chatter of the comments section. They are there to help the reader, not to make us feel better about how many people have given HCC a thumbs up. If you want to talk about a piece we’ve published, we’d love to hear what you have to say. We just want to hear you say it using your voice, not a keyboard.
We can’t change the digital world, but we can do our bit to breathe life back into the art of conversation. Join our small revolution and enjoy the rewards that analog life brings you. We’d love to hear what you have to say.
To arrange a coffee or to chat with Oliver from Hill Coaching Company, please ring 01603 567794.