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Can we talk?

According to Gallup’s recent State of the American Workplace report, only 22% of U.S. employees strongly agree that their company’s leaders have a clear direction for their organization. And only 13% strongly agree that their organization’s leadership communicates effectively.


Can we talk about this?

“Can we talk” is such a simple phrase, isn’t it?

Depends on who you ask.


Some might say no because “I don’t want to waste my time in a conversation that won’t go anywhere.”   

That would be awful, wouldn’t it?

Some might say no because “it’s faster, to…text, email, instant message, etc.”


Isn’t it?


I mean, why talk when I can type, retype, edit, explain, send again, and then have to explain it in person anyway?

Some might say no because they’re asking what’s in it for me? Because if they can’t tie a face to face meeting directly to dollars, then clearly it has no value.

Where’s the value in conversation?


I wonder how that’s working for them?


That’s not you, is it?


You wouldn’t be reading this if you believed there was no value in saying, “can we talk.” Would you?

 You know that if you want to solve problems quickly, save time and dollars, then the most crucial question you need to ask is, “can we talk.”  To the right person at the right time.

You know that by spending time talking with people, building relationships and establishing trust, you will ultimately get more done, in less time, with less expense and more revenue.

You know that improving your communication is not a luxury, but a necessity.


We didn’t always talk. We used to grunt, gesture, and write on walls.


Now we email, text, instant message and send emojis.


Is it working?




If you’re looking for ways to be a better, faster, communicator, let’s talk.











2 replies
  1. Judith Dancer
    Judith Dancer says:

    This entry you shared on LinkedIn has caused me to talk to others about it several times, how we don’t talk anymore but would rather text or email. Someone was asking me something very personal in a text and I told them I’d be happy to talk to them in person about it. No response. Too busy to meet or even call. Sad.

    • Alexandra Rufatto-Perry
      Alexandra Rufatto-Perry says:

      Judith, thanks for your comment. Communication has become increasingly complex and nuanced with emails, texts, instant messaging etc, that’s for sure. I’m glad to hear that my post has helped you have conversations with others. There’s no right or wrong, only the opportunity for discussion if we choose to take it!


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