This week’s reading, “Barriers to Interdisciplinary Research and Training” detailed some of the key concerns and obstacles faced within any interdisciplinary work. Although this article did detail the obstacles particularly associated with interdisciplinary scientific research, the barriers are extremely common throughout any profession. The biggest challenge I have faced throughout my interdisciplinary journey, as well as one I anticipate to face within my professional career is communication. Even just trying to communicate with professors in order to build my degree program was a struggle due to the lack of understanding of their preferred channel of communication is different than another professor’s.
Little elements or preferences in communication, such as a channel used, could cause the work to not get done correctly or at all. As the article mentions, the language between disciplines or professions might be very similar but mean completely different things. In order to overcome this barrier, the article states, “An extensive effort must be made to learn the language of another field and to teach others the language of one’s own.” The language used between fields needs to be clarified in order to create a greater understanding for the interdisciplinary group work. Often times, people are not willing to go that extra mile in order to properly communicate or even ask for clarification.
As an aspiring event planner and manager, I love to emphasize the importance of communication in all aspects of my life. Especially in events, communication is one of the main determining factors of whether or not the event will be successful. While being in an event coordinating position, one would have to contact the appropriate people such as the lighting company, catering company, and so on. With this responsibility, the coordinator has to make sure their communication is very clear and concise in order to reach the exact image they are trying to create. In order to give a clear image, a coordinator would have to understand each industries’ language since it is bound to change with each professional. Also, a coordinator would have to seek understanding if another party’s communication was lacking. As an event planners, we want to make sure our clients and audience are receiving the experience that they want and deserve.
Communication is not necessarily a skill we learn properly throughout our lives. Many of us lack the skills to properly communicate our thoughts or even needs. Before even choosing to pursue my degree program in Event Management and Planning, I made a conscious effort to increase the effectiveness in all of my communication, especially when working with more than one other person. By making this a point of emphasis in my entire life, I have reduced on the amount of tension and frustration that typically comes with working in groups. These communication skills take a great deal of effort into building and executing, but the time and effort put into communicating at first will save time and effort later on down the road when mistakes need to be fixed.