Ever have one of those frustrating conversations with your colleagues during an emerging issue, where you’re trying to figure out whether acknowledging an issue online will defuse it or make it grow hotter?
You know, the one that goes something like:
A: “Have you seen all the chatter about this issue online? We should get out there and let people know what’s going on.”
B: “No—it’s only a few people—if we post about it more people will know there’s a problem.”
People have a natural reluctance to admit something is wrong. That’s all the more so online, where people can talk back and ask uncomfortable questions. So, unless there’s someone with enough authority to navigate a response through the objections, this is often where a stalemate is reached.
Even if you do manage to convince people of the need to communicate, the time it takes to do the convincing often means that you miss the boat on getting your response out there in time for people to see it.