When you decide to interact on the internet, don't forget your responsibility to choose your message wisely. Technology excites people, they get fired up. They are excited because they just came up with a thought, an answer to a question, a reaction to an earlier discussion. They immediately react, they have to post it to their blog, shoot it out as an e-mail, tweet it to their friends.
Is your approach --> Ready --> Fire! --> Aim?
Do you compose your message right from your brain directly to the tool you are using? You really should think about what you are firing, and where you are firing. It is a good idea to open up notepad, and dump your thought into a sentence first. Take a look at what you are about to say. Think about how your message might impact you, your business, your colleagues.
Think about where you are aiming your message before you fire it off. Whether it is a job interviews, or a sales presentation, there are many times when people will ask you why you are better than the competition. Be careful! If you can't say it as a positive benefit, don't say it!
During a recent conversation I had with a salesperson he made an unsolicited negative remark about one of his competitors. Since it was just myself and the salesperson present at the time, the remark he made was only heard by myself. Whether I agreed with the remark or not, I thought the negative comment was out of place. Had this remark been made using some form of social media, it would have circled the globe in a few hours time.
As a technology professional who enjoys teaching and writing, I often search for topics to write about. I search for commonly asked questions, and look for articles that answer the questions. I have seen people in various online forums offer some very good advice on solving various technology problems.
Asking a question looking for help in an online forum, or even reading tips and advice from a blog, is based on the concept of anecdotal evidence, a personal experience, measured only by that person, entirely subjective. That doesn't mean one person's personal insight can't be helpful. Everyone has a story to tell, but how relevant is the story to the answers that you need, is important to understand.
It is sad to find so many answers by self proclaimed experts in forums that contain no valuable information, are very misleading, and do not even answer the questions that are raised in the title. Lately I have been doing what I can through my various websites to educate and inform on various topics where the Internet is filled with misinformation.
I read the following comments in an online forum, and I just wish I could find the person making the remark so I could deliver a whack up side their head, "I've never used the product, but what I believe is ..."
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In the early 1990s I wrote a series of business lessons and lectures with the theme, "Beyond Great Ideas and Good Intentions." The inspiration for the theme was based on an argument I had with a coworker. I really admire the guy, and always thought of him as one of the best salespeople I have ever met. He had the unique ability of being very aggressive in his approach and presentations, without being annoying. People considered him very knowledgeable and respected his opinions.
The problem he had, and the reason for our argument, was his ability to stay focused. He was full of ideas. Too many ideas. He was starting too many new projects that he did not have time to follow up on tasks that were already in progress. His inability to follow up on everything he started was causing problem for the people around him who were taking the heat for his lack of follow up. I was trying to pick up the pieces of projects he did not have time to complete.