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Don't be an April Fool: 8 Brief Communication Lessons for Modern Society

April 1st has come and gone this year, but its lessons are timeless.  How we communicate with each other is vital to our relationships.  Real communication and just talking is the difference between explaining something precious and alienating a friend. Communication is the glue that holds a relationship together.   Don't be an April Fool in your relationships! Here are some of my latest Visual JoJoisms as reminders of the ways we can be an April Fool talking at people instead of communicating with them.  Technology doesn't do the communicating for you.  It makes communication easier by giving you tools to do so over thousands of miles, but it takes a conscious effort and skillful technique to communicate in a...

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Six Important Things to Consider BEFORE You Post on Social Media

I've seen complaints about what should or shouldn't be posted on social media.  One thinks nobody should post controversial things. Another says how else are you going to affect change.  I think we need to examine why we are on social media in the first place and that will tell each of us what we should post, how we should phrase it, and what responses to be ready for.  Just as our communication can differ depending upon who we are talking to, our communication on social media should reflect our PURPOSE for being there.  Here are six rules for posting on social media.  1. Consider your purpose.  If you're talking to a child, your critique of their drawing isn't appropriate...

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Business Communication FAILS!

Blasting a sales message to everyone you can get in front of is like throwing spaghetti up on the wall to see what sticks. Mostly it just gets the wall dirty!If you are contacting people for any type of business issue (whether a donation, sale, or exposure), you need to make sure that you tailor your message to that individual or you risk offending them and wasting everyone's time. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.  You can't simply throw a bunch of emails out and hope some of them will stick.  Well, you can (and people do), but you shouldn't because most people will not feel inclined to respond unless you address them personally. Nor will your message be effective if you...

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Facebook: Connection Now Takes a Bit of Effort

I posted this on my Facebook wall recently, but thought I'd share it here as well and expand on my original post because so many using Facebook to connect these days are frustrated and confused. Some urgent prayer requests have gone unanswered and the friends who posted them were left feeling as if nobody cared! In our microwave society of techie EVERYTHING, we have become accustomed to Minute Rice, Instant Coffee, and Fast Friends.  But the truth is that friendships online take as much effort as they do OFFline.  And now that Facebook has made social media a bit less social with each passing day, it is going to take a bit more effort on our part to maintain friendships even...

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Skit Guys funny video

Monthly Funny: Each month this year, I'll try to find you a fun, humorous, and educational video or meme or article on one aspect of speech communication skills.  This month, I'd like to share one I posted several years ago.  This talks about how difficult it can be to speak in grace, especially when dealing with little kids.  Both grace and patience are needed for this communication act. So without further ado...here are The Skit Guys YouTube video called "Grace, We Just Don't Get It."  Enjoy the giggles this month!  Feel free to post a comment with any videos you found that use humor to share an important communication lesson.   

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