Communication: Is it necessary?

Overcommunication is important and is often thought of as covering our bases. Overcommunicating a well thought out message to make sure it stays in front of the team during a crucial time is a great way to not leave anything to chance. Over-explaining something is not the same as overcommunicating. When I over-explain, I add details that are not necessary. They may be related and help me understand, but they may only serve to confuse those on the receiving end of our explanation. It’s like the extra details my daughter has to weed out in her word problems on her math homework. Over-explaining is usually done in an effort to avoid having to overcommunicate by repeating ourselves. The truth is a concise and well-worded message that is repeated is always more effective than an over-explained message said once.

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