Posts Tagged ‘Communications’

PostHeaderIcon ARE YOU TEXTING WHEN YOU SHOULD BE TALKING?

By Vernalee
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Several years ago, I heard the comedian Sinbad make jokes about our cell phone usage. What an invention! “We use our cell phones for everything but talking,” Sinbad joked!
Sublimely true, our cell phones have so many varied uses in addition to our verbal conversations.
We text, email, and let our cell phones become our babysitter and company keeper!
They are most engaging communication and information tools that connect us to each other and to the world.
Agreed?
However, when our cells replace the sheer intimacy of our basic conversation; our eye to eye contact, and our relationship togetherness, there is a problem!
When we substitute our “one on one” face to face sharing by using an instrument, our technology has taken a seat at our table.
The questions become: Are we avoiding each other? Do we prefer dealing with each other from a distance?
Are we unreasonably using our phones as an enhancement or a replacement for talking to each other?
If we allow our phones to become an ingredient that causes communication indigestion, a “medicinal cure” will be needed before we regurgitate a breakup or a divorce!
Pepto Bismol … to the rescue!
All kidding aside, the Bottom Line is – We shouldn’t ignore each other. We should talk! Nothing beats face to face communications!
It does help us when we can look each other in the eye and observe each other body language. What a cure that may bring! Besides, you can’t hide.
Think about it!
To communicate is to be informed.
My thoughts …
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PostHeaderIcon “THE BIGGEST COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM IS THE ILLUSION THAT IT HAS TAKEN PLACE”

By Vernalee
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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
This George Bernard Shaw quote speaks of the illusion that communication has occurred, but in actuality, it has not. Both people think they understand what has been passed between them, but the ideas they have are not the same. What? Really! This is where the illusion of communication can be most damaging. Effective communications travels both ways. Though you heard the words, you may feel as if you need an interpreter. It’s almost as if the two of you are speaking different languages. Communications is critical to relationships of any types.
Place in your toolbox these words of wisdom:
* The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.
* The worst thing about being lied to is knowing that you weren’t worth the truth.
* Communications to a relationship is like oxygen to life. Without it, it can’t survive.
* Never make the one you love feel alone, especially when you are there.
* A lack of communication breeds assumptions of what the other is thinking or feeling, and assumptions are more often than not incorrect.
Speak, listen, and open your heart and mind to hear! Care enough to reach out and make sure that your message was clearly heard and understood. Don’t hide behind a shield, ignore the miscommunication mishaps, or think that you are “all that and a bag of chips.” Your concerns/problems may lie dormant but they won’t go away or evaporate into thin air. If you want to solve them and have a healthy relationship, you must talk about them. Imagine that! When you know that a problem exists, solve it. Reach out. Take the initiative … for a change. Let your actions show; actions do speak louder than words! Verbal words that flow from your tongue may be needed rather than transmitted words that flow from a technological device via a text message or an email. You can hide behind a computer or cell phone, but you can’t hide from the presence of yourself. Do know that your problems fueled by your non-communications will continue to grow, create barriers, eventually explode, or constructively coerce a person to withdraw and perhaps leave the fragments behind. When a communications emergency occurs, it forces the parties to act – one way or the other!
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PostHeaderIcon “THE SINGLE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN COMMUNICATIONS IS THE ILLUSION THAT IT HAS TAKEN PLACE”

By Vernalee
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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
This George Bernard Shaw quote speaks of the illusion that communication has occurred, but in actuality, it has not. Both people think they understand what has been passed between them, but the ideas they have are not the same. What? Really! This is where the illusion of communication can be most damaging. Effective communications travels both ways. Though you heard the words, you may feel as if you need an interpreter. It’s almost as if the two of you are speaking different languages. Communications is critical to relationships of any types.
Place in your toolbox these words of wisdom:
* The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.
* The worst thing about being lied to is knowing that you weren’t worth the truth.
* Communications to a relationship is like oxygen to life. Without it, it can’t survive.
* Never make the one you love feel alone, especially when you are there.
* A lack of communication breeds assumptions of what the other is thinking or feeling, and assumptions are more often than not incorrect.
Speak, listen, and open your heart and mind to hear! Care enough to reach out and make sure that your message was clearly heard and understood. Don’t hide behind a shield, ignore the miscommunication mishaps, or think that you are “all that and a bag of chips.” Your concerns/problems may lie dormant but they won’t go away or evaporate into thin air. If you want to solve them and have a healthy relationship, you must talk about them. Imagine that! When you know that a problem exists, solve it. Reach out. Take the initiative … for a change. Let your actions show; actions do speak louder than words! Verbal words that flow from your tongue may be needed rather than transmitted words that flow from a technological device via a text message or an email. You can hide behind a computer or cell phone, but you can’t hide from the presence of yourself. Do know that your problems fueled by your non-communications will continue to grow, create barriers, eventually explode, or constructively coerce a person to withdraw and perhaps leave the fragments behind. When a communications emergency occurs, it forces the parties to act – one way or the other!
Photo credit: www.pininterest.com

PostHeaderIcon HOW MANY EMAILS DO YOU HAVE? THE ANSWER MAY BE SHOCKING!

By Vernalee
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Last week, The Today Show had a feature that struck a nerve. Digital declutter was the topic. For those whose Inboxes approximate the ten of thousands, this message is for you. Take the dive; dig yourself out! How can you be effective, responsive or organized with tons of unread / unopened emails resting in your Inbox. How many opportunities have you missed? It is a difficult process, particularly for people who have multiple email accounts (like me)! The email clutter has become such a big problem that there are businesses dedicated to the science of decluttering your email inbox! According to the experts, there is a great app called Unroll.me. Perhaps, it is worth a click for those carrying massive amounts of unread emails. It has also been suggested that if you remove emails from your Inbox and place them in a To do folder, your clutter will gradually become manageable. Of course, then you have to deal with cleaning out the replacement folder. There is no easy way out when you are in too deep. If your storage is becoming limited, remember Emails and Photos take up space. Assign your many, many photos to a Google Photo or Drop Box. We love taking photos, don’t we? Selfies, anyone? Bottom line: Get organize; take baby steps; use apps that can help! Knowing where you are is a great management tool in our high tech world since so much business is transacted through email and various forms of social media. Missing a sale hurts when it was transmitted via an email that you never opened. OUCH! Lost sales and revenue affect the bottom line. Stay on top; get organized! When it comes to communications, the world is flat; it is not business as usual… the old fashioned way. You cannot hide your negligence. Not reading your emails is known by others. Remember, you never responded to them either. Success dictates that we keep up! Managing our emails (which is our communications to and from the world) is a positive step forward in that direction.
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PostHeaderIcon Do you use your cell to text when you should talk?

By Vernalee
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Several years ago, I heard the comedian Sinbad make jokes about our cell phone usage. What an invention! “We use our cell phones for everything but talking,” Sinbad joked! Sublimely true, our cell phones have so many varied uses in addition to our verbal conversations. We text, email, and let our cell phones become our babysitter and company keeper! They are most engaging communication and information tools that connect us to the world. Agreed! However, when they replace the sheer intimacy of our basic conversation; our eye to eye contact, and our relationship togetherness, there is a problem! When we substitute our “one on one” face to face sharing by using an instrument, the technology has taken a seat at our table. If it becomes an ingredient that causes communication indigestion, a “medicinal cure” is needed before you regurgitate a breakup or a divorce! Pepto Bismol … to the rescue! All kidding aside, the Bottom Line is – We shouldn’t ignore each other when we can talk! My thoughts …
Photo credit: www.mytechportal.com

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