Someone mentioned to me today they're getting tired of so much fast talk. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn...all seem to demand response, quick action, lickety split follow up before one loses the opportunity of the moment, the fast connection.
A friend mentioned to me today how much he is enjoying NOT answering, NOT responding. He's got a new attitude of "networked patience."
He says he used to take pride in answering every email query within 24 hours. Now he takes pride in ignoring most of them. He says most stuff that comes to him unsolicited is of little interest to him (and he suspects they are not so important to the sender, either). They often feel, he says, like random missives sent with the idea that if you throw enough communications out there, you may get lucky to get one or two responses. Is it possible that the number of people who send out half-hearted efforts to connect (kind of spam-lite style) has increased? Is it possible that because many people--even people we know-- find it so easy to use email they are sending out more note, often with little thought that they wouldn't have sent before?
A far cry from the thoughtful letter writing of our ancestors. Is there a chance we may use the skill of slow, heartfelt communication?
Does the email you send in your business make your readers feel it's half-hearted, expecting that only a few people will respond? Hope not.