Do you ever feel like there are people you just can't seem to communicate with? That even though you are speaking the same language, you just aren't understanding each other? I think I'm experiencing this with a professor at school.
He asks me questions and I can't figure out what he wants to know. He asks me over and over again and I end up speechless by the end, lost and wondering what is going on. Eventually, he frustratedly tells me the answer to something I actually knew. He asks me about procedures and I think I know what to do but I never quite do what he wants. Today I tried to talk to him in his office. I waited patiently while he was with another student until I thought he motioned for me to tell him what I needed. When I started to talk he got after me for cutting in line. Oops. I quickly left and when I came back extended my olive branch apology, that I did not mean to be rude and that I did not understand what he meant. He proceeded to tell me again that I can't just cut in front of others who are waiting. --I know, that is why I apologized. I couldn't seem to communicate my intentions there, either.
Frustrating. I can't decide if I am not preparing adequately for my responsibilities (I don' t know where to find most of the information--digging through 2.5 years of old notes for answers) or if they expect me to know things we have never discussed.
Anyone good at mastering communication barriers? I need some help.
PS I don't think I communicated my concerns in this post very well, either