In organizations you have been part of, what communication have you experienced that was particularly effective – be specific. What was the communication and how did it persuade you?
Last semester I joined Beta Upsilon Sigma (B.U.S.). B.U.S. is a student organization that was created to provide students like myself experience in a few areas we might be seeing in our careers, as well as a lot of other great volunteer opportunities. We communicate in several ways, such as a presentation to the entire organization or a mass email. In my opinion, the most effective means of communication is interpersonal communication. Not only does interpersonal communication allows the sender to tailor a much more specific message to the receiver; but the sender can consider the receiver’s feedback to adjust her/his message while sending it. The best example I can think of for this situation is the always reliable guilt trip. Although I help people out when I can, I find myself giving into a guilt trip via interpersonal communication much more often than I am persuaded by an email or a presentation.