Be careful how you communicate

One night a married couple got into a fight. It was normal for the couple to boil in a war of silence for several days. And this night was no different, the couple had not spoken to each other for most of the night. Even as they were preparing for bed not a word was said.

However the husband started getting concerned because he needed to be woken up at 5:00 AM the next morning so that he could catch an important flight. He was a heavy sleeper and relied on his wife to wake him up, otherwise there was a good chance he would sleep right through the alarm.

Letting his pride get the best of him he cleverly decided he would write her a note while she was in the bathroom instead of asking her verbally. He wrote on the piece of paper: “Please wake me up at 5:00 AM, I have a critical flight to catch.” He put the note on his wife’s pillow believing she would for sure see it there. He then tucked himself in and went to bed.

The next morning when he woke up he looked at the clock and it was 7:00 AM! He was enraged that he had missed his flight and was preparing to go up the stairs and give his errant wife a scolding when he noticed a handwritten note on his nightstand.

The note said: “It’s 5:00 AM – get up.”


Lessons from this story:

  • Most of the time how you say something is more important than what you actually said.
  • Most of the cases of miscommunication arise because the person talking doesn’t check if the person listening actually understand what he was told.
  • When you need something do not let pride get in your way of asking for help the right way!

Are there any lessons I missed from this story? Please let me know in the comment section.

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