Practice what you preach, they say.
So I’m sorry in advance that this email is definitely not a perfect example of this.
But first, my excuse.
You and I don’t really have another way of keeping in touch other than by email.
I’m not sure you’d like it if I phoned you every morning to read you these messages.
And making several thousand phone calls every day would be time consuming in the extreme.
But the point I’d like to make, which you knew I’d get to sooner or later, is that emails, text messages, tweets and Facebook pasts aren’t always the best way to communicate with people.
When you actually talk to someone (ideally face to face, but over the phone can be almost as good) the interaction is immeasurably richer.
Emotions often don’t get conveyed at all in written messages, and when they do they can so often be misconstrued.
It’s all too easy for someone to get the wrong end of the stick.
So let’s make this a Mingling Monday.
Rather than bashing out soul-less keyboard messages to someone nearby, go over and talk to them.
If they’re further afield, pick up the phone.
You’ll feel all the better for it and so will the other person.
I guarantee it.