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According to a Harris Interactive
poll in 2000, 64% of U.S. adults own a cell phone. Of those cell
owners, 43% say they use the phone when driving.
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According to the “Wizard of Whenã”
having a cell phone has made it easier to keep from missing calls. With all
the options that are now available, the cell phone has virtually eliminated
the need for other types of phones. At the same time, it has made it more
difficult to prevent distractions during concentration time. Be sure to
turn off the phone when needing to concentrate or are in a meeting with
others, whether social or business. To allow multi-tasking, cell
phone optional equipment includes hands-free microphone/earphone accessories
and clips to place the phone on a belt or options for hanging it on a
pocket, purse, wall, or car dashboard.
For a century, we have had the
telephone to enable us to talk to people who are not in the room with us.
For decades, we have been able to transmit paper over the phone via fax
technology. And for many years now, we have been using modem
technology to have our computers send and receive faxes as well as email and
text messages. Currently, instead of picking up the phone, we can use
our computers to send voice messages to save time in reaching people and
collecting messages. This technology is called Voice Over Internet Protocol
(VOIP) and is available through some internet service providers or
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An familiar game of 10-15 minutes is
used to help people see the importance of communicating clearly. This
game has been called "Telephone" or "Gossip". In this game, the person
at the beginning of a line or circle whispers a short story into the next
person's ear. That person repeats it quietly to the person next to
him/her. This repeat process continues on until everyone in the line or
circle has heard the story. The last person tells the group the story
he/she heard. The first person tells the group the original story.
Possible debrief questions for this
How close was the final story to
the original story?
How often does this lack of clear
communication occur in your organization or home?
What can be done to make sure that
everyone hears the same story?
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"The more elaborate our means of
communication, the less we communicate." - Joseph Priestly
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