It is amusing to hear some members of the main stream media mention that Twitter could be blamed for so much of the unrest in the Middle East. These recent outbreaks of violence, demonstrations and the like have been happening in the Middle East for thousands of years – yes there was life before Twitter. People demonstrate because they are passionate about something. Twitter and other social media platforms were used to facilitate the assembly, no doubt. Texting also helped.
Just like when you want to meet your friends or kids somewhere you probably text them. Many folks have cell phones without data plans and still can get text messages.
The point here is that you communicate, you find a way. Many parents I know ONLY started texting because that was how they could reach their kids. I have one friend who refuses to carry his cell phone most of the time because he wants to TALK to his kids, not get a random text from one of them asking for money! He wants to connect to hear their voices as opposed a text that he feels is impersonal.
Yes. Texting allows you to be in one place and communicate with many others. But while you do that what is that person across the table looking at you thinking? How about, “I guess there are others more important than me…”
It is so common to see people in appointments and meetings looking down at their cell phones, disconnecting with where they are to wonder what maybe better or more important, fun, etc. Feel insignificant yet?
And lots of people, your “friends” know what is going on in your life because they cruise your Facebook page and you never even know it. Have you wondered where face to face relationships will be in 10 years?
All this leads to a communication breakdowns, misunderstandings, hurt feelings all because we are not taking the time to ask for clarification of a compressed text message or those dreaded “tweets. It all is kind of scary to me. I am taking a page out of one of my friends book and leaving my cell phone in my bag when I am with a customer – whether I am in a meeting with them or at lunch with them. He always makes me feel like I am on his “Important List” and I have noticed.
What will you do to make people feel like they are on your “Important List?”