Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind – Dr. Seuss
I travel by air almost every week, and many of those trips are to locations outside of the USA. In many airports I used to find cell service a little spotty. That is until (Through many observations of fellow travelers, cabin crews and airport employees.) I learned the secret to having the best service possible in any airport.
Here’s the tip…make your call from the center of any concourse. You’ll find the best results if you drag your oversized carry-on and computer bag (a large purse may be substituted ladies) and place them on both your left and right side, while facing either direction along the path of traffic. You may also face a gate, but then adjust the bags so one is in front of you and the other behind. It’s optimal to do this in front a of gate that is preparing to board, but only if the boarding area is small enough to ensure the passengers are queuing in the concourse.
Now…I haven’t fully tested this technique but can say, after 100’s of observations, that it’s certain to work.
Whether in an email, tweet, post, letter or business doc, words matter. In fact, likely more than in verbal communication.
It’s often said that communication is a two-way street. But, many times, we write only thinking of what we want to convey and don’t consider the parsing of words that takes place when someone receives static written communication.
Recently, I’ve found myself trying to simplify my communication to words and phrases that don’t have to be interpreted…or worse…looked up because I parroted some other author with a great command of language.
A colleague that I only recently started working with commented that my emails were always clear and thorough, but concise. Not sure I can make much pride in that though since he’s one of our lawyers! But I doubt that he would have said the same even six months ago.
How did I start to make the change? Well, since I deal with multiple people every day for which English is not their first language, I try to write as if the recipient is new to reading English.
Maybe this seems obvious, and a small thing. But I’ll leave the final point to one of my favorite authors…
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. – Mark Twain
Upon returning to my home airport this past week I glanced at my TripIt app and thought it must be having a problem syncing. Joy is checking your TripIt app and finding no itineraries. Usually there’s 1-3 in there. Then I remembered that I actually didn’t have a trip planned…yet.