Stories of Organizational Communication, Part 4
Geri’s question: In the 3P’s section of the text, focus is directed towards unbiased messaging. Can we really get away from this in today’s world where there are so many differing points of view?
I’ll start off with a confession: I didn’t read that portion of the text, so I’m not really sure what the “three P’s” are. But my short answer is: why not? If my purpose is to inform, then why does my message need to have a bias because I know someone else has a differing viewpoint?
If my purpose is to convince, then sure: bias will exist.
For example, I have this professional blog that focuses on the T&D field. Typically, my posts are meant to provide information in a way that convinces designers to create material in a certain way – try this, your learners will like it, sort of thing.
BUT sometimes my posts are simply meant to inform. I recently posted on our Chapter Blog a summary of the keynote speeches at last week’s ASTD TechKnowledge along a specific theme. I had no intention to convince anyone of anything – the content was more geared towards Organizational Development than Training, that’s not my expertise – but I thought it was an interesting topic, and I wanted to share.
So my response would be, it depends upon the purpose of your content. But yes, we can communicate in an unbiased way.
Hopefully, “purpose” is one of the three P’s. If it isn’t, it should be.
This is one of a series of posts inspired by question prompts from Geri Girardin, the instructor of DHTV’s Organizational Communication course. Other posts in the series were:
- Tell us about your ‘adventures in writing.’
- Our text stresses the “you” attitude. What is your perspective on this? Any illuminating stories to illustrate your point?
- In your writing, do you grapple with ensuring that you incorporate “positive impressions”. What does that look like?
- It seems to me that having a writing ‘style’ is all about finding your voice as a writer. What thoughts do you have about this statement?
- How can I (or anyone) become a better writer thru revising my writing?
- What about texting in terms of today’s topic of revising one’s writing?
- Do you have any good resources you can share?