“Just as previous generations struggled to integrate first the telegraph and then the telephone into their lives, we’re struggling to integrate email into ours. We’re using it and overusing it and misusing it.” ~ David Shipley and Will Schwalbe, Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home (Knopf, 2007)
While face-to-face communication usually trumps other forms, email and phone messages have become de rigueur in our fast-paced world. But busy executives won’t respond if you fail to grab their attention, write persuasively and succinctly deliver your message.
Your vocal quality (tone, volume, speed) and visuals (facial expressions, body language) tell people more about your message than your actual words. Meaning is derived from 55% visuals, 38% voice and only 7% words.
What happens when you want to leave a message that gets a desired response, and you have to rely on words only, as in email?
This article examines how a message’s meaning is determined and suggests ways to strengthen and improve your phone and email messages.
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The complete article includes these important concepts:
- How Meaning is Determined
- Visual Cues
- Phone Advantages and Benefits
- How to Improve Voicemail
- Email Advantages and Benefits
- Strengthen Email Communication
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