In olden days not so very long ago, face-to-face and telephone calls resolved so much so easily with minimal cases of crossed-wires and confusion about mood, intent and magnitude.
We’ve fixed all that – with computers, cell phones, social media and texting – so what could possibly go wrong?
We have speedy efficient technology to make things far worse with little effort at all in nanoseconds.
Case in point:
Someone who was being cranky recently sent me an email to ‘not so subtly’ make their point. It was innocent enough looking in that their email message rationally and politely made their point – clearly, and asked for my response.
They copied several people, and sent it at 2:00AM.
Interesting item to wake up to. Obviously a communication problem was needing resolution. But first, I laughed. Not at the person’s haste, silliness or to comment on it being an inappropriate problem solving (if there really is one) method.
I laughed because it reminded me so vividly of Tom Peters ‘DON’T HIT SEND’ message [it’s a long video – go to 4:00 minute mark, then listen for 3:00 minutes] and reminders of so many times when I’ve vented my angst on a keyboard, hit send, and later wished I hadn’t.
Best wishes for a successful “meet” today. Me - I always want to find out what people do for fun…, what they’re passionate about in their down time. They will always talk about it. Hopefully we share the same the same interests, the same passion, TL, Calgary, AB