Thursday, May 1, 2008

Is There A Third Option Here?

About a month ago, I emailed two Phoenix-area seminaries asking for more information about their institutions and hoping to have an opportunity to have some questions answered. I am trying to figure out what to do for a graduate program in the fall of this upcoming school year year.

One seminary has sent me a packets or postcards of information about themselves every week, and my email is inundated with reminders and updates nearly every day. I have actually had to email them to ask to be taken off their mailing list.

Another seminary has sent me absolutely nothing. No email. No packets. No postcards. No acknowledgment that they have even received the two emails requesting information I have sent them. I'm not even sure I want to send another email, having been rejected twice already.

There has got be a balance somewhere between too much information and zero information. I don't want my email inbox filled with daily updates about a seminary, with most of that information being completely irrelevant to me. Neither do I want to be completely ignored.

There might be some sort of life lesson here. When we're communicating with people, we want to respect their time and energy by not overwhelming them with too much information or irrelevant information. But we also don't want to halt communication entirely; that only communicates that we either don't care or are too incompetent to communicate effectively. This probably applies to daily conversations, marketing, teaching, blogging, or any other form of important communication that happens between two parties.

There is a tight balance of communicating the right information at the right time in an effective way.


  1. Or, perhaps you could just be glad that one of the seminaries is trying to help you along in your decision-making. I read your blog a lot, but this post strikes me as immature. Knowing you live in Mesa (b/c of the info on your church), you are surely checking out Golden Gate and Fuller, I hope. They are the only two seminaries worth attending in the whole state of AZ. Hopefully they bombard you with info as well.

  2. Anonymous-
    I think you may have missed my point. I'm not complaining, but rather just noticing that there could be a better, more balanced way to present information to people without ignoring or overwhelming them.

    Also, in the future comments, please share a user-name or link instead of posting criticism without accountability.