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09.27.07         personal  

The :)


Have you ever noticed in emails and in text messages that sometimes you are unsure of the tone being used by the person who is trying to communicate with you? I am completely worried about my contacts doing the same, which is why when you get an email, letter or text message from me, it usually has a :) in it somewhere. I have also noticed that very subtle changes in pronouns, and adding additional helper text can make a huge difference. Leave as little as possible to interpretation when dealing with these means of communication.

Here are some examples:

1. A wife texts her husband:

When will you be home?

vs.

I cant wait to see you! When will you be home? :)


A businessman emails a client:

There is a problem. Contact me as soon as possible.

vs.

Something has come up, nothing we cant fix though. ;) call me at your earliest convenience.


Parent to child:

I need to talk to you.

vs.

We need to talk sweetie. :)


See what I mean?

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