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Stay Aware of Texting Habits

Are we staying in touch through texting, but dividing our attention when we are face-to-face with friends and colleagues?  Here are a few ideas to make sure your texting is a benefit, not a detriment, to the impression you make.

Don’t text around others.  Avoid depersonalizing an in-person encounter by being glued to your device.  Ideally, wait until your time together is over to respond to a text.  If you are dealing with an urgent matter, excuse yourself.
Keep your text message short.  If your text creeps into more than 160 characters, maybe it’s a sign that another form of communication is in order.  Maybe an email or phone call is more appropriate for this occasion?
Texting may be our most informal medium for getting in touch, but that does not mean you can text someone at any hour of the day or night. Be aware if your recipient is already in bed. Maybe you can wait until the next day to press “send.”
If you send a text to a new contact, make sure to remind the person who you are before launching into your message.
Set yourself apart by using best practices when texting.  It’s a great option to stay connected with others if you stay aware of your habits.
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“Excellent, practical guidance to avoid embarrassing social mistakes and to maximize the business opportunities created by social interactions.”
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Stay Aware of Texting Habits
How do you want to be remembered?
Supporters and Clients
What people are saying...
About Us
Libby Mack Van Vleet has a background in marketing and administration, and is a certified high school English teacher. She is a graduate of Colorado College and Chapman University.
Wake Mack is a former lawyer, local businessman and financial services development officer. He graduated from Notre Dame, Willamette College of Law, and served in the U.S. Marines Corps.
Wise Words
Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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