It’s the start of the new year, and although some people loathe making a list of resolutions (mainly because they know the probability of carrying them out is slim to none), I actually look forward to it ;). While in the process of jotting down a few personal aspirations, I began to think about the ways in which I can better myself professionally and I came across an interesting article. Spark Minute recently listed 16 Annoying Communications That Must End in 2011, stating that “the more options we have to communicate with each other, the more ways we can annoy each other” (so true!). Of course several of those communication forms directly apply to my position in public relations, where communication is EVERYTHING. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites, which make for a good laugh too…
1. Using email as instant messenger- If an email is ten messages long, took place in less than an hour, and each message is no longer than a sentence, then move it to an instant messenger.
2. Getting angry over email- You’re allowed to do this once, and that’s it. After that, grow up. Next time you see an email conversation turn south, pick up the phone. No matter how much of an idiot you think the other person is, if you let a petty match continue via email, you’re the idiot.
3. Collecting buiness cards at a networking event, and not following up- Less than 10 percent of the people who are handed business cards actually follow up. Why are you collecting business cards and not doing anything with them?
4. You meet someone in person, they follow up, and you don’t respond- While it may be bad not to follow up with someone that you collected a business card from in person, it’s now offensive to not respond to a personal email. You just met in person! It’s reprehensible.
5. Keeping people on CC lists when they’re no longer part of the conversation- After making an introduction, you will usually receive two emails from the two parties you introduced thanking you for the introduction. And then that’s it. That’s what it should be. However, in many cases that’s not what happens. Often you’re left on the cc list as the two parties you introduced are making plans. After deleting a few of these emails you eventually have to step in with, “Hey guys, can you take me off this thread.”
Check out all 16 annoying communications on sparkminute.com.