A professor in college once shared with me that in order for communication to occur, it must be received and understood (acknowledged). In today’s society, so many of us use text and email as our primary form of communication. Certainly, in most peoples minds it’s the most expedient. However, how do you know that it was received and understood? Perhaps the advice of an old friend would come in handy. Use ACK
ACK is short for ACKNOWLEDGED.
At least with SMS or texting, the phone usually gives you an indication that the message was delivered or perhaps still pending. Either way, you feel somewhat comfortable that the person you’re communicating with either received your message or it’s still pending its delivery. However, do they understand the message?
Consider using ACK.
Someone sends you a message and you quickly fire back a response: ACK
What ACK does do is acknowledge to the sender that you’re now in the process of understanding the message’s impact on you.
Please, be kind to the sender: ACK