I read an article on communication and how it is changing in the world. When I was young, mind you we did have television, but there were no computers. When we talked to someone it was to pick up the phone and call, go see them in person or write a letter. The television did have commercials, but they set it to catchy toons which are still around today. The selling aspect needed to be different. But communication between people was in the form of a conversation.
As I grew, so did the world around me. People got busier, seemed to have less time, didn’t go out of their way to catch-up with an old friend, and communication as we knew to was left for special occasions or funerals. Think about it and you know what I am talking about.
The computer has given us tools to communicate quickly, yet the good conversation is becoming a commercial. Email for example was designed to replace the letter and be able to send all sorts of things to our friends and colleagues that would take to long by mail. Now you need to have more than one email, because of the junk and spam that come through. IE: commercials.
People are still looking for that conversation, they want to meet people and catch up with the gossip. How can I know this? Look around at all the social networks out there. You have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Buffer, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc.; then there are quick messages like Hangouts, Messenger, and the list goes on. How many of them do you have on your smart phone and computer? I would say probably more that you can keep up with sometimes. Is that really good conversation?
The article I read was mainly for selling, but it had some great points for conversations. It was titled “Implementing an Integrated, Mobil-Optimized Customer Communications Experience”. Big headline, they wanted to catch your attention. They talked about the key principles to Simplicity.
- Empathize. Perceive others needs and expectations. Find out what they need and are expecting. Let them know you can help. Tell them they can do it and help their struggles when they say “What am I doing wrong”. Key is to talk to them, get to know them.
- Distill. Boil down and customize, find a mentor that can help in whatever you are doing. People are out there, go and find them, don’t be afraid. Take the time to know what you are doing and where you are going.
- Clarify. If you are selling, even if it is yourself to make new friends, make an offer to talk, make it easy to understand using plain language, engage and motivate, and stay consistent with whom you are dealing with. Find out experiences, dream big, and yet keep it tailored to the conversation.
Keeping things simple, yet making good use of your time will not only keep you sane, but you will have better relationships and lasting friendships. Remember complexity is a thief of your time.
The business and company that I am in has given me a great boost in life. It sells “Life Changing Products and you Get Paid Life Changing Commissions”. If you don’t believe me check it out. I have learned so much and I am having the time of my life. You should never stop learning and growing, without that you just get to heaven a lot faster. Enjoy life while you are here, and talk to people; there are some wonderful experiences you can learn and grow with. Step out of that day to day cycle before it’s too late.
Enjoy your conversations.