Thursday, December 22, 2011

Why it is important for us MBAs to watch what we say / how we communicate...

Sometimes, we get over confident. 
Sometimes, we get emotional. 
Sometimes, we take things lightly. 
Sometimes, we throw caution to the winds

But it is so important in the business world to watch what we say. And avoid the foot-in-the-mouth syndrome.

I write this blog after a small incident after a presentation of mine where a small silly joke was taken out of context. I see this phenomenon happening to many noted personalities in the media, where people are misquoted or quoted out of context.

When CEOs and Presidents of companies speak in public over important matters, Stock prices fluctuate. These are the days of YouTube and Twitter. These are days when anyone with a Social Media account is a micro-journalist (A term that I just coined, ha ha :). And anyone (almost everyone) with a cell phone enabled with picture-taking or video-recording can record you and post it online (information that can be circulated around the world within hours, if not minutes). Not only does news travel fast, but evidence is recoded quickly and effectively. This makes it important for business students to learn to be extremely careful with regards to communication and presentation of self. Ok, I am still in the process of learning effective PR strategies :)

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