Are email communications intimate?
I was reading a blog today. The blogger will go nameless! In the bloggers post, they said that emails were a very intimate form of communication. Now, I don’t know about you, but email doesn’t seem very intimate. I’ve only experienced one other form of communication that is worse than email. That’s text messages.
I can not tell you how many text messages that I’ve gotten or sent, that have been misunderstood. That’s caused some problems over the years. Have you ever had that happen to you? You send a text and the person who received it got something wrong?
Email Communication Problems
I don’t think that emails are that much different than a text message. Emailing someone is not the best way to communicate with someone.
In emails, there isn’t a way to convey some of the ideas that you are trying to get across. You can underline a word, make it bold or put it in italics. Maybe your reader understands what it is that you are trying to tell them.
Have you ever tried to be sarcastic in an email? It’s extremely difficult to get sarcasm across to a reader.
So much is lost when trying to write an email.
Are email communications impersonal?
In my opinion, an email is impersonal. It lacks your passion and your excitement. For the most part, it lacks emotions altogether.
When someone reads your email, you don’t get to see the person that you are communicating with. You don’t get to see them nod in agreement or to shake their head in confusion. You have no chance to explain what you meant. You just get one chance to say what it is you have to say and hope for the best.
You might be thinking, “I have an email list that I need to “talk” to. What else can I do?”
Unfortunately, sending an email is the only way to “talk” to them.
If you have an email list of 2,000 people, can you imagine how long it would take to make a phone call each of them to communicate with them? That’s not really practical, is it?
Are there any alternatives to email communications?
If you are building an email list, then there aren’t many alternatives.
Perhaps the only alternative, that would aid in email communications, would be a video email. The person you are sending it to would be able to hear your voice. They could hear when you are trying to be sarcastic or trying to be funny. They would hear your enthusiasm and be able to participate in it. They would get to see your facial expressions.
It would still be a one way conversation, but at least they could understand what you are trying to convey to them.
It is more difficult to sell through emails, but it is done on a regular basis.
Of course the worst thing about communicating through an email is the fast that it only takes one click of a mouse to delete them. They could be deleted without being read. That’s the worst!
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