I'd been trying to find a time to meet with "Darla," and emailed a possible time. My email said,
- How about Friday at 12:30?
Darla replied, "Friday would be great. What time?"
It didn't surprise me a bit to note that her reply came from a mobile device. They're harder to read, and people are often on the go when they use them. And that is what happens when we rush. We miss things that are right in front of us.
I learned a lot about Darla in that quick response. If I didn't understand the dynamics, I might think she's not so bright. But she holds down a very responsible job. I can't conclude she lacks intelligence, but I can conclude that I need to be aware of the fact that she can reply without understanding. I will communicate with her differently than someone who considers every word. I'll check her facts and reconfirm our agreements and take more responsibility for the effectiveness of our communication.
It's amazing how much we can learn about someone from a six-word email. Or a short blog post - which is why I'll run spell-check on this before I hit save.