Avoiding Mistakes in a Social Media World

The means of communication is becoming a fast changing media. As a result of our communications becoming more and more advanced, avoiding mistakes becomes more difficult. It is so easy and fast to leave a voice mail or send an email. And with the growing popularity of social media sites, communication pathways are almost endless. Unfortunately, if you make a mistake, you can’t get it back. It’s already there. The recipients have already received it.

As for mistakes, I heard a story about a lady who was sending an email advertisement to thousands of possible customers. She spent a lot of time developing it and finally determined that it was ready. Right after she had sent it directly to all of these people’s email boxes, she noticed a horrible mistake. In huge bold letters at the top of the announcement, instead of saying “Public Auction” it said “Pubic Auction.” She lost her job.

Just remember when it comes to communicating, whether it is a phone call, an email, or social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, watch what you say and how you say it. Just as if you were talking to the person directly, you won’t have a chance to take back what you said. Choose your words wisely.

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