The Textbook and The Reader

The way we interpret messages has quite a bit to do with how they are received. Imagine that communication is this huge 900 page manual. Well there are some people that are willing to read the entire textbook and truly harness all the information that the textbook has in it, because in the back of their minds they believe that no piece of information is “irrelevant”. There are other people that will take this same textbook and simply see it as a book with words in it. Somewhere down the line, expect this set of people to ask you specifically, what am I using this book for exactly? This is the idea of high context and low context. Are you a high context person or a low context? This is important to know. If you’re low context. Decision-making is far more independent. Implied non-verbal messages have less meaning. Words tend to take much precedence over the body language. As a result , implied messages are often overlooked simply because not all of these implied messages have “easy to understand” instructions. Are you a read between the lines person, or do you read so much more into things when all that may be there is simply what there is? It’s important to know whether you need the textbook or are you more content with simply reading the words and doing what they say. Society is full of textbooks and readers, find out which conduit you most respond to. In the workforce, it will help more if you know.

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