I’m going to break it down as simple as I possibly can. There are so many types of communication I’m not sure where to draw the line sometimes, but I do know that however someone needs to communicate with me, I will listen.
Telephone: Yes, it is an intrigual part of my everyday still and will continue to be for a long time. I do not sit at a desk and I am driving most of my day. In Denver it is illegal to text and drive, not that I would, so if I see a text and if I get into my car, I will return the text or an email with a phone call.
Video: Wow, this is amazingly powerful. My nephew can watch a video on how to fix or change or do something with a carburetor and 10 minutes later he has a carburetor taken apart and not too long after the engine works. The last video I made was watched (or opened) more times than any article I have ever written. That in itself is a pretty powerful message.
Text: I love text, but I can’t always text back and sometimes I don’t understand or it takes me too long to text back so I tend to pick up the phone. Just a couple of months ago my son asked me to please proof my texts before I send. So this makes me a little nervous and I think it should be my last form of communication. We have all see the text bloopers, this should give you some indication to my accidental spellings.
Email: Yes, my dearest friends and clients who cannot make personal calls from work. I love email as well, but I cannot always email back, that law against driving and texting I think applies to email, so I tend to pick up the phone and make a call. I don’t mind if you don’t answer, I ramble for a moment and hopefully get the message across and answer your questions.
There is Facebook and Twitter: I think you all know my feelings here, I love them both, and if I am in front of my computer I will respond the way to contacted me, but if I am not in front of my computer, you know I will once again, pick up the phone and return with a call.
I do have a secret love that I want to share. It’s called Google Voice. So when you call me and I am in a meeting or showing a house, and I cannot answer, your message goes to Google Voice, which transcribes your message to text. If I cannot call you back, you will receive a text from me and I will call as soon as I can. I read every voice message, but I don’t always understand every voice message so, sometimes I have to listen to it. My favorite message of all times was: ” Hi Amy, this is ___. It is tantalizing sex and I was just checking in to…” Well I was so surprised that this person would say “tantalizing sex”! I started laughing out loud and had to leave the meeting I was in for just a moment to listen to the message. What they really said was that it was “ten ’til six”. (Say it a couple of times out loud, you will get the gist of it.) Google Voice continues to be somewhat of a humorous part of my day since it isn’t always correct, but I am not sure what I would do without it.
Thank goodness we have so many types of communication I cannot imagine trying to only use the phone. Remember when there was a busy signal and no voice mail? There have been times when my phone didn’t work as fast as I’d like it to and I had a moment of wondering if I threw it through my windshield if it would work better (actually that was my blackberry not my new phone). I cannot imagine trying to work in my business with a busy signal can you?
Six hundred plus words later in this message, I am thinking I need to see you again soon through video!