Communication Breakdown: A More Responsive You


We have become inundated with information from various sources tugging on our attention hoping to break through the noise. There is such a constant barrage that often times we cannot even take the simple step to respond to correspondences we receive.

This episode examines why who choose not to respond and what we can do to be better communicators.

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What is your rule for responding to messages you receive? Please let me know in the comments.

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Show Notes

  • We’ve become so saturated with information that we cannot take the time to respond anymore [01:50]
  • The social experiment of reaching out to personal connections via LinkedIn and the response rate received [02:23]
  • Another experiment of reaching out to individuals, 50% known and 50% unknown, via Email and the response rate received [07:51]
  • Comparison between the two experiments [12:00]
  • Why do we choose not to respond? [12:50]
  • What’s in it for us? [13:08]
  • Everyone in the world is bidding for our attention [13:18]
  • We are the founder of who gets our attention [13:42]
  • We’re all busy [14:06]
  • I don’t have enough time to wipe my own ass [14:22]
  • What is that person asking for? [15:00]
  • If you don’t know the person, you are much less likely to respond than to someone you know [16:10]
  • The other side of the coin, I’m going to respond to people I don’t know because of the unknown opportunity [16:57]
  • We make the assumption that we already have someone in your circle that fulfills what we need [18:02]
  • If we are missing a component or looking to upgrade our circle, we’re more likely to respond than someone that believes they have everything they need [18:53]
  • We’re so saturated with information our society, it prevents us from responding [19:59]
  • The oversaturation of information is a blessing and a curse [20:21]
  • We setup filters to manage the information we receive [21:09]
  • Gmail and the filter system they use for organizing email and the pain it causes for Email Marketers [21:14]
  • The distractions that we get that prevent us from being efficient [23:18]
  • Some people have so many things going on that they need assistants to help filter information to them [23:40]
  • It’s possible the information may be buried if you don’t have filters setup [24:10]
  • I have a little bit of compassion for people that are buried with information [24:38]
  • We only have so much time in the day and we have to prioritize based on that time [25:04]
  • Sometimes we simply forget [26:01]
  • I don’t have much understanding for people that simply forget [26:18]
  • Have a memory like an elephant [27:11]
  • Your brain is like a muscle, use it or lose it [28:10]
  • How can we be more responsive? [28:56]
  • Outside perspectives and articles on communication that you should read [29:14]
  • If necessary, set boundaries and expectations [29:68]
  • What Tim Ferriss says about individuals that try to contact him [30:47]
  • Establish a person guideline and rule for responding to correspondence [32:23]
  • My personal guideline for responding to other individuals [32:54]
  • In my Top 5 of things I wish I could change about my circle [34:58]
  • Only take on as much as you can personally handle [36:54]
  • Use the golden rule: Treat others how you want to be treated [38:24]

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