Hi guys! So I'm new to this type of forum interaction, but I'd like to get started and hopefully get to know and help each other out! Now I know I'm not the smartest or the most talented, but what I would like to talk about today is communication. How does communication affect the way a business setting, or any in general, is run? What makes good communication so much more beneficial than poor or nonexistent communication? My name is Curtis Yang and I am a sophomore at Northwood High School in Irvine, CA. I come from a school with a high emphasis on academic excellence as well as a family with decently high expectations, but that's not what I feel defines me. I am an aspiring businessman and/or project manager, and I believe communication is essential for a successful company. One of my most haunting life events is not a test or essay, but instead a concert tour. Yes, a concert tour for orchestra. When we apply for college, we always look for ways to stand out; we look for extracurriculars that make us unique. This was supposed to be one of them. The director and I had it worked out - solos in two concerts, both in prestigious chapels or churches in France. The result? An outdoor, informal dress concert-of-sorts that no one really took seriously. Obviously, what I am describing does not really sound like a business venture, but it has its similarities. One could even say it was a trip that was half dedicated for fun and half dedicated for serious reasons. That business side of me always saw the deal I made with the orchestra director set in stone, yet her lack of regard for my interests and/or commitment made my investments, time and money, somewhat unworthwhile. Some of you may find no issue in that, but when you are promised something and work for months to perfect your piece, you want to fulfill your opportunity. As I learned, when two people are not following the same agenda, business relationships prove unsatisfactory. Now that I’ve described a bit about myself and my story, I'd like to hear your thoughts, including your own experiences with such, as well as your perspective on the questions I listed earlier. I'm looking forward to a great forum and year.