Yes, You Could Probably Improve at Giving Context. Here’s why

See: how to use context to become a more effective communicator

Jérémy Chevallier
Ascent Publication

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The result of context: enjoyable interactions! Priscilla Du Preez / Unsplash

Have you ever been told something and felt like it made no sense? Like you were given some arcane piece of information that you needed to decipher? Like you definitely needed more context?

How about in reverse? Have you noticed that your spouse, colleagues, etc. often ask you to clarify things? Think back through your recent interactions, and be honest with yourself. If you’re consistently getting confused looks or experiencing choppy conversations, you might need to give more context — this piece is for you.

Giving context is the single best way to keep our conversations efficient and clear, to experience more effective collaboration.

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