Communicating in real life: often overlooked, always best

by Betty Lochner on June 6, 2011

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit over-texted. Do you ever get tired of shortened conversations? Ones that you know are happening while the other person is doing several other things at the same time?

It seems that my kids, my husband, even my friends want to talk to me primarily by texting.  Texting can make a conversation  get so chopped up that it ends up just getting down to business.  “U coming 2 nite?”,  “K”,  “C U” , “LOL”(way overused, don’t you think?)

Living in a world of texting and efficient and constant conversation makes me look forward to when my phone actually rings and it’s someone calling just to say hello. Whether it’s a friend checking  in for no reason, or my child calling to talk in real life, it is so refreshing.  It means someone cares enough to have a real life conversation with me, without abbreviations and instead of doing something else with their time.  They chose me. And, it feels great.

Today, instead of texting someone, pick the phone and say “hello! it’s so nice to hear your voice!”


Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of  Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home. And, it’s now available on Kindle! Check it out.

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