How to Contact Someone

How to Contact Someone

By JoJo Tabares


This issue came up the other day and I thought it would make a good post.  I have written on this before, but it wasn’t the focus of the article and I can’t seem to find it amongst the many I’ve written (that have yet to be posted on the AOE website) anyway.  Lol

If you have ever had a situation come up in which you wanted to contact someone to address an issue, find out more information or thank them for all their hard work on something, you may have run into trouble obtaining an email address.  It is surprisingly easy in the Information Age and here are a few suggestions:

1. Website Contact Page

If the person is a business owner, Google their business name to find their website.  Most websites have a Contact Us page that will either list their email address or supply a form where you can email them directly from the website.

2. Facebook Private Message

If you are both on Facebook, but do not have the person’s email address, you can simply send them a private message through Facebook.  You usually don’t have to be friends with someone on Facebook in order to send them a private message.

3. Facebook Fan Page:

If you need to contact the owner of a Facebook fan page privately, the best way to do that is to look on the Info tab of the fan page to find if an email address is listed there.  If not, usually the website is listed and, as I talked about previously, you’ll probably find their email address on the Contact Us page.  If no website is listed, you might try to see if the fan page lists the Page Owners down on the bottom left.  Then, as I talked about in the previous point, you can go to their personal Facebook wall and contact them through a Facebook private message.

4. Twitter Message

If you are both on Twitter, you can send them a Direct Message.  I’m pretty sure you need to be followed by that person in order to send them a DM, but you might give it at try.  It may be a matter of settings.  I’m not as familiar with Twitter as I am with Facebook.

5.  Yahoo Groups

If you know each other from a Yahoo Group, you can find the person’s email by looking at their group post.  Usually, the sender’s email address is listed somewhere on the post.  Depending upon the group settings, if you don’t see it, you may be able to click “reply” and then it will become visible.

6. Google their Name

If you don’t have any connection to them through a group or other social media, you can Google their name and see what information pops up.  Remember that there may be several people with the same name so you’ll want to look for information that will help you identify that person before you attempt to contact them.

There are so many options available to us these days.  The information you need may only be a few keyboard strokes away.


JoJo Tabares holds a degree in Speech Communication, but it is her humorous approach to communication skills which has made her a highly sought-after Christian speaker and writer.  Her articles appear in homeschool publications, such as Homeschool Enrichment Magazine and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, which also endorses her Say What You Mean curricula.  You can also find JoJo on web sites such as and  For more information on communication FUNdamentals and Christian-based communication skills for the whole family, please visit


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Birthday Bash: 1pm-TOS

Cindy from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine will be sharing on the Art of Eloquence Facebook fan page this Birthday Bash half hour.  Here is what she is offering as a prize for this half hour’s contest:

-a one-year digital subcription to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

-a digital copy of our popular Schoolhouse Planner

-the 2011 Expo To Go (digital recordings of all the sessions)

To win this prize, you will need to post a comment to this blog post answering this question:  Name two of your favorite Art of Eloquence studies listed on our Homeschool Curricula page!

We’ll be picking a winner from among the correct answers and contacting you via email so make sure you leave your email address on your comment post.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for another chance to win a Birthday Bash prize from Art of Eloquence!  And you might want to subscribe to the blog RSS feed so you don’t miss a contest today!

(DISCLAIMER: Communication FUNdamentals, our blog, normally only posts three times a week (MWF) but today we are having a new post/contest each half hour of the Birthday Bash.)

Congratulations to our Winner: Rebecca C!

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Homeschoolers: TOS Incredible Offer!

My friends at The Old Schoolhouse Magazine have an incredible offer this year.  Check this out!

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is excited to announce our 2011 Homeschool Gifts Bouquet–our popular, semi-annual 19 Gifts promotion. There were 5,000 packages available but since we launched in late February, we’re almost sold out! We’re thinking they’ll be all gone by early May.

If you haven’t already subscribed, NOW is your opportunity to get an amazing homeschooling publication in your hands… or in the hands of a homeschooling friend!

You will have several educational GIFTS rolling in over the next few weeks! What kinds of companies are on board this year?

* Friends & Heroes
* Library and Educational Services
* Joy Berry Books
* Video Text Interactive Math
* A Journey Through Learning
* Beautiful Feet Books
* Graphics Toolbox
* Healthy Life Press
* Art of Logic
* Homeschool Programming
* In the Hands of a Child
* Make It Real Learning Company
* Math Mammoth
* Shurley English
* Supercharged Science
* World Wide Center for Math
* Brooks Educational Aids
* SpeeKee TV
* Egghead Academics
* The Old Schoolhouse Bonus Gifts => John Taylor Gatto E-Book & MP3!

Click here to see more details about this amazing offer!

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I’ve been nominated!


We interrupt Perception Week to bring you this news bulletin:

(Pretend you hear old fashioned news media typing here.)


FLASH: The Homeschool Post has just announced this year’s Homeschool Blog Awards!


The Homeschool Post is a community of homeschooling parents and students. Once a year, they hold a contest to recognize and encourage blogs that are run by homeschoolers.  I am honored and humbled to find that Art of Eloquence’s own, Communication FUNdamentals, has been nominated and you’ll probably laugh when you hear in what category: Funniest Homeschool Blog!

There are many categories of blogs run by homeschool moms, dads and students (12 and over) who have varied interests.  Some of the categories include: Best Nature Blog; Best Encourager; Best Current Events, Opinions or Politics Blog; and Best Homemaking Blog.

There is even a category for Best Family or Group Blog which includes On the Company Porch, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s blog where I am a contributing author.

If my blog has blessed you by tickling your funnybone (or your fancy), I’d be honored if you would vote for Art of Eloquence!  Voting ends at midnight CST on November 18th.



This has been a conTEST.  If this had been an actual humor emergency, a Rutabaga Man in funny nose and glasses would have appeared on your screen with instructions on where to turn for further hilarious instruction.



I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog…


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February's MailBag!

The last Monday of each month here at Communication FUNdamentals is MailBag Monday!  I like to share some of our mail as our customers, readers and subscribers have some very good questions and comments which are of benefit to all my blog readers.  This month we received an incredible amount of feedback!  Thank you all for taking the time to write in!

Here are some of the questions we were asked this month:

1. Patty S. heard me talking about my Communication Assessment Quiz during my seminar at the Say What You Mean Convention and asked exactly where she could find it.  In case you were wondering too or you would like to take a fun quiz that will help you assess your family’s communication skills, you can find the article here.

2. Tracy C. wrote in asking who authored one of the statements I used in my article, “The Influence of Texting on Communication Skills” as she wanted to give proper credit to the author.  As she suspected, this quote, “You might be able to get through your entire life without having to give a speech, but you won’t get through one day without communicating something to someone” is my own.  In fact, several of you wrote in asking who authored that quote along with several others I have posted on Facebook and Twitter lately.  Several of these quotes are also my own.  You can find the more popular ones of mine along with many other quotes about effective communication on our Communication Quotes page over on the Art of Eloquence website.  And, yes, please feel free to quote me as long as you include my name and/or link back to Art of

3. Sally J. wrote in asking if there was one study that would work best to use as a co-op speech class for age group 7-16.  Actually this is a question we are often asked.  You see, her co-op had been using another curriculum, but they had been frustrated by the amount of work the mom’s needed to do in order to run the class.  Say What You Mean: A Creative Speech Course is an excellent study for anyone who would like to teach a speech course without having to do any planning or preparing!   First, the course is perfect for young children through teens because it is FUN.  The course uses creative and unique topics student’s love that require very little, if any, research–so the bulk of the lessons are reserved for learning speech skills.  Additionally, the lessons are very easy to teach requiring no prep time at all.  Parent/teachers simply read as students read along and follow the activity instructions.  We’ve even included a handy chart to help grade the speeches!  Finally, we have a sample lesson at the bottom of the product page where you can ‘try before you buy’.

If you’ve been considering our newest products or wondering if our events were of benefit, we have some great feedback for you on them that can help you decide.  Much of the feedback was from those who purchased our newly revised and updated Say What You Mean for Preschoolers and others were excited about our new Preschool Value Package!  Feedback on these were similar to this: “I am just excited to get the curricula as I have four children under the age of 9!” -Katrina M.

Other comments we received this month were about my various articles, seminars and our free gift for Valentine’s Day this month.  There were several comments from newsletter subscribers who loved my new exclusive monthly articles like the one in February’s newsletter on the Influence of Texting on Communication.  And we had some great feedback on the ‘Three Flavors of Communication’ article I wrote which appeared this month in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Most said essentially: “I just wanted to thank you for your very informative article, ‘The Three Flavors of Speech Communication’, in the latest issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Awesome!” –Jennifer R.  Still others were about the Say What You Mean Convention: “I am catching the recordings on Talk Shoe. They are amazing! Thank you for putting this together for us.” -Kristen F.

Lastly, I wanted to share another unexpected surprise with you this month. I write a lot of articles for various publications both on and off the net.  I must have written hundreds over the last seven years, but sometimes finding a link to an article I’ve written surprises me. Earlier this month I found that an article I had written for Homeschool Enrichment Magazine had been republished on!  The article was from 2007, but had been uploaded on to their website in November of 2009.  It’s a strange feeling to see your words on a big site like this.  I didn’t even remember writing the article until I read it most of the way through! LOL  I posted it up on the articles page over at Art of for you as well!

Well, I pray this has helped answer some of your questions this month, but if you have questions or comments of your own, please feel free to send them to me at jojo @!

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March This n That and Prayer Request

It’s March already!  Wasn’t it just January? For that matter, wasn’t it just 1999?  Seems the older I get, the faster I get older!

Kelsey, our eldest who is away at college, is even farther away for Spring Break.  She’s on tour with her Vanderbilt Choir in Chicago, no wait…she’s now in Saint Louis!  I can’t keep up.  I think Kelsey has traveled more in the last few years, than I did my entire life!  Well, not including moving.  I never traveled for fun, my family and I just MOVED a lot! LOL  She’s been checking in every few days from her new cell phone.  Only 54 more days til she comes home for the summer, but who’s counting?!  By the way, my baby girl turns 19 in 9 days!

Chris started golf lessons yesterday. He had fun, but was relegated to the little kids section of the class where the teacher really didn’t teach.  He spoke mostly to the older kids and just told the younger ones to hit the ball.  Chris was disappointed and I will be talking to the instructor tomorrow.  I don’t think he has taught this many students in one class before because he made a comment about how big the class was.  He seemed to run out of time and concentrated mostly on the teens.  I did wonder as the class has an age minimum of 8yrs old. My son is almost 10 but the little ones are all about 6.  Still he had fun!

We completely sold out of our hard copy studies!  I’m almost done with the eBook rewrites too!  I am working on some other projects for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and a few others.  I adore working with TOS!  Also I’ve had a rash of requests for interviews this week.  It’s been fun.  I have one more tomorrow.  Looks like I’ve been invited back to be a Keynote Speaker at Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo this year and that looks like a lot of fun too!  Cindy is awesome!

The March episode of The Misadventures of Foot in Mouth Man is up!  Come read how FIMM sticks his foot in his mouth THIS month!  Check out FIMMology 101 too.  There is a link to it on the blog’s right side bar.

I am getting ready for tomorrow’s Grace Talk Soup show.  My guest will share about a writing contest for young writers. Come check it out live or listen at your convenience to the recorded audio, but don’t wait too long!  The deadline for the writing contest is March 15th! Changes a coming on Grace Talk Soup next week!  I’ll be introducing a co host!  She and I go way back and she is another goofball like myself.  If you enjoyed the show before, check it out next week and you’ll have a blast.  Fifty points if you can guess who it is!  I’ve actually talked about her several times here on Communication FUNdamentals-just recently in fact! BIG HINT.

Did you catch our family’s homeschool segment on USC’s Impact yet?  We felt the editing was done with at least a slight agenda.  Much of the postives our family shared were left on the cutting room floor, while the other family came off as quite social.  I talked to the producer via email.  She said she graduated from the graduate program at USC just before all the editing was done.  The new producer may have wanted to compare and contrast the two families. She apologized for leaving my son out of the updates and was a bit embarrassed by the “Vanterbilt” typo.  I feel it was heart felt.

A prayer request for my dh.  Rich has been awaiting word from his company on whether or not they will hire him on permanently.  Everyone is on board but the decision rests with the owner.  The past several months of uncertainty have been kind of stressful for him.   Yesterday he woke up nauseous and dizzy.  We thought it would go away after a while but it lasted all day and so far this morning.  He did some online research and it looks like an inner ear thing.  We don’t have health insurance and he is now officially out of his diabetes and high blood pressure medicines.  I asked him to go to the doctor, but he doesn’t want to go.  Please pray he will be ok and that he will have a permanent job soon so we have health benefits.  I think if we did, he would go.

Well, that’s all the news that fit to type today.  What’s your news?  How’s your March so far?

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