I was being asked what was important to me in an interview many years ago. I said to the interviewer, it was the money. I was only a 15 years old girl at that time, and all I wished was to have enough money to go out of my comfort zone to experience a different world as to where I was born. My answer seemed to appeal to the interviewers’ taste, and then I had the offer. When I recall back this interview experience, I think I had successfully conveyed the message to the interviewers that I was a girl with a clear target. Fortunately, they were looking for some students of that kind.
That was the first time I tasted the fruit of effective communication.
Many years passed. Now I am already a junior student in the university. Like many other university students, I always think about my future, such as how will I survive in this competitive world? No matter who I have sought for the answer, there are always two very important points, which are skills and communication. Skills can prevent me from being hungry, but communication can lead me to have what you want.
If the fan in my hostel room is turning too slowly, and I make a simple request to the management office, there is always a chance that the office staff pending my request forever. However, if I do a concrete write up to clearly explain my need for a new fan, the chance for me to get a new one will be greatly increased. Nowadays, everybody is busy with things, and no one is really willing to spend time to understand others. If I am not able to express myself, my opinions clearly, I will not get my request resolved, even a very small one, like changing the fan in my room.
Moreover, I am alone in a foreign country, and I need to build up my network connection by my own. These connections will be a big fortune to my future career and life. That is why I need to communicate. An effective communication will pave my road to success.