Will Anyone Want To Read What You Write?

Raise your words not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers not thunder ~Rumi

With exclamation signs and all the teacher sent an email titled “Important! Please read!” Parents rolled their eyes. Who wants to read a lengthy email captioned like that? The essence of what she wrote was students folders were sent home with report cards. Why not just say that? What parent isn’t interested in his/her child’s performance?

Corporate Communication

It’s the same with communication sent to employees by supervisors and managers. That’s essentially what  Aaron Orendorff   discussed in his insightful New York Times article Your Colleagues don’t read anything you write.

Simply say what you mean. No need to shout. It’s what Rumi’s quote alluded to Raise your words not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers not thunder. 

3 Communication Gems

Personally, I walked away with three gems:

  1. Put action words in your subject line
  2. Listen more. Talk less
  3. Don’t answer. Ask

Often it’s not what we say but how. So check your manner, tone, words and how you speak. Chances are your tone precedes your voice. Something to think about.

Cheers!

10 Worse Jobs 2016

Hate your job? Hold up, it could be worse. Here’s SHRM’s list of the worst job this year.

1. Newspaper reporter
2. Logger (forestry)

3. Broadcaster

4. Disc jockey

5. Enlisted military member

6. Pest control worker

7. Retail salesperson 

8. Advertising salesperson

9. Taxi driver

10.Fire Fighter 

Common thread is the losing battle with professional growth opportunities, salary, demands on time and the stress associated with jobs such as firefighter. So Keep your eyes open and know when it’s time for a change.

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