Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cure for a Technology Hangover

By: Kristen Paquet, Sr. Account Executive, Leonard & Finco Public Relations

I enjoy technology. Things like social media, email and texting makes life convenient, faster and pretty much easier. But even the best of things can get stale after a while. Instead of being an effective communicator, you start feeling like you’re going through the motions instead of being present throughout your day. If this ever happens to you, perhaps a short reprieve from technology is in order.

But, that doesn’t mean you fall off the map. After all, you have work to get done. Try to engage in a little less technology and a bit more of these old standby’s until you recover from your technology hangover:

Hand write a note. Writing notes is a lost art, really. Before texting and cell phones, the way I used to communicate with friends during the school day was to write a note during math class and give it to them as you passed each other in the hall. I’m not saying you need to get that involved, but a quick thank you note to a co-worker or a note of appreciation to a client is certainly within your capabilities.

Pick up the phone. No, that’s not a paper weight on your desk. It’s actually a useful tool. Maybe it’s a quick project update, confirming a meeting or just following up on a request. Picking up the phone can sometimes even be easier and quicker than composing an email and waiting for a response.

Hold a meeting. When I meet face-to-face with people, I find out more relevant information than if I were to ask them the same question via email. With email, you ask a question and you get a response to that question. There really is no back and forth to propel the conversation forward. Having some one-on-one time is also a great way to reconnect with people you may not see that often.

So when you are ready, ease yourself back into sending emails, responding to those text messages and toggling the “like” button on someone’s status. But also try to incorporate these older, but still very useful, ways to communicate in your everyday life. Doing so will most likely keep any future technology hangovers at bay.

What do you think? Are we relying too much on email, direct messaging and texting to communicate? Do you just need a break at times?

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