When it comes to communication, Davis says, bad manners can take many forms. Among them:
- Using words and terms that are difficult for your listeners to comprehend;
- Not providing a context because you assume people know most of what you know;
- Choosing a means of communication because it's convenient for you, even if it doesn't work for them;
- Responding to questions as if those who ask are "dumb" or annoying;
- Wasting people’s time by not getting to the point.
We agree. As we’ve long said, it is critical that you know your audience and meet them where they are—not where you wish they were, or where your last audience was. Understanding what your listeners need in the moment encourages them to understand you in turn.
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