In any sport, when you’re trying to get something from point A (yourself) to point B (your teammate or a target), proper follow-through is critical.
There are unique follow-through techniques respectively for baseballs, basketballs, hockey pucks, footballs, volleyballs, golf balls, billiard balls, darts, bowling bowls, etc. But they all need effective follow-through to get from point A to point B accurately. If you don’t properly follow-through, the ball (or object) is going to go somewhere. It’s just not going to go where you want it to. The pitch or shot or pass will be wild.
So, too, with communication.
When you follow-through on a commitment, request, text, email, or any inter-personal correspondence, you are delivering an accurate message. You are sending the other person (or people) the thought that you are professional, caring, considerate, thoughtful and responsible.
If you don’t utilize excellent follow-through, you are still sending a message but probably not the one you want to be. People who don’t follow-through are sending a “pitch”. Just one that will not hit their “target”. What they’re communicating (or pitching) is that they are unprofessional, inconsiderate, uncaring, thoughtless and irresponsible.
What do you want to communicate?
Please know that you are always communicating something. Choose wisely. Pitch accurately! Follow-through! You will be much mire on target!