Whether we like it or not, our attention spans are shrinking.
My first attempts at blogging – around nine years ago – met with very modest success. I even found it difficult to attract the eyeballs and minds of family and friends on a consistent basis.
The people closest to me simply told me that my post took them a few minutes to read and their time was in short supply — OUCH!
When I took a close look at what I tended to read and make time for, I too found that a shorter, tighter, get-to-the-point format fit with my “snacking” approach to consuming certain forms of information.
It turned out that in some situations the “sound bite” garnered greater attention and often stuck with people. That became the foundation of The Quotable Coach: Thought-provoking ideas presented as a Quote, a Commentary and an Exercise you can explore in about a minute.
Where in your personal and professional communication efforts would a Condense It and Present It approach work best?
In the past few months, Kinsa Health has sold or given away more than a million smart thermometers that can communicate through an internet connection, to examine potential hot spots associated with the Corona virus.
Going beyond single data points to large numbers and their trends is increasingly helpful to our leaders in their ability to assess, monitor, and optimize our shared interest in the health and well-being of all people.
As a global tribe of billions, our collective commitments and our connectivity is providing a much more comprehensive set of data points to proactively react and respond to many diverse factors in real time.
We become a global thermostat when we maintain our shared interests and when we communicate.
In what ways can you and other in your personal and professional tribes use and monitor your collective thermostat to make the necessary adjustments in your communities?
While walking around my neighborhood the other day I ran into Paul, a friend from my health club when it is not closed due to social distancing efforts.
While keeping our distance, we discussed our families. Mine live in other states, his live nearby. Surprisingly, we discovered that we are both using video chatting platforms to stay connected. He informed me that it was virtually impossible to buy a webcam due to the spike in this method of communication.
In some ways, we have all become video celebrities with our families, friends, and business colleagues as our audiences, and we as theirs.
How and in what ways can you more fully demonstrate just how important these people are to you today, and when we can (hopefully) reconnect in person?
How many ways are there to take in information about the world? Probably first on your list would be the capacity to hear. Take a minute to examine all your other senses to notice how they allow you to fully take in what is happening around you.
Considerable research has been done to demonstrate enhanced perception of the other senses when working without the capacity to hear.
Many of us experience a form of temporary deafness throughout our day in both our personal and professional communities. The act of speaking, and perhaps talking too often or too much, actually diminishes our capacity to hear and fully listen to the ideas and contributions of others.
Consider another wise saying: When you’re doing all the talking you’re not learning anything. (Amy Castro, Performance Communication expert)
Where and with whom would a quiet tongue and a far more open set of ears provide the greatest benefit?
Consider sharing this intention to listen more full with at least one key person in your life.
“Tweeting has taught me the discipline to say more with fewer words.”
—Adam Grant, American psychologist
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The social media site Twitter was launched in 2006 with the original format of only 140 characters. Toward the end of 2017 this limit was doubled for all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Regardless of your views on this platform, hundreds of millions of users find it an engaging medium to communicate their views on matters of both modest and significant interest.
“Remember to say what you mean, but don’t say it meanly.”
—Elizabeth George, American writer of the Inspector Lynley mysteries
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I am currently working with a young manager who is preparing a performance review for a colleague who is falling considerably short of the expectations for the job.
He had begun writing his report, and noticed how harsh it appeared. He felt fearful and anxious, considering the likely impact on this individual, whom he must work with each day.
His request for coaching was related to his need to communicate the poor performance in a way that would support openness, and encourage improved performance. He didn’t want to crush this person’s spirit and have them withdraw.