Today’s challenge is something I want you to work on for the entire week. This week, before you send a text or email or Facebook message, consider picking up the phone and calling instead. In fact, for one whole day, let’s pretend it’s the ’70s or ’80s (or, hell, the ’90s) and you can’t even send a text.
Sometimes I choose texting over calling because I have to convey a piece of information really quickly, and am afraid if I call I’ll get stuck in a conversation that will take too much time. The way to mitigate that is to set an expectation up front. Let the person you’re calling know that you can only talk for a minute.
We don’t talk to each other anymore, we let technology be our voice. If my phone rings, it’s either a telemarketer or it’s something really important. I rarely get calls just to chat. But then again, I rarely call just to chat. And if you want to see change, you have to change. Look at you, you trendsetter you.
I also want you to do this at work today. Don’t send an email to guy down the hall. Pick up the phone, or better yet, go talk in person. At the end of the day answer these questions:
Did it take more time? I bet the answer to that is no. I can spend twenty minutes texting back and forth with someone, and half of that is trying to figure out what they meant and the tone. Whereas if we were on the phone, we could’ve cut that in half.
Do you feel happier for having talked (actually talked) to that person? I don’t know about you, but hearing the voice of someone I love always makes my day better.
You don’t have to pick up the phone first every time, but at least make an effort to do it a few times this week.