Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chilly Dialogue

I am in NYC and it is cold outside - the snow that is pounding the midwest is on its way and lucky for me I am catching a flight before the snow falls tonight. I thought that during this chilly month of February I would focus on our communication - do you inspire people through your thoughts, words and deeds? Or are you a bit "chilly?" Recently I met a person who seemed so warm and engaging in person and then when I began to receive follow up emails from this same warm person they were a bit "chilly." Nothing that this person portrayed in "person" - warmth, caring and engaging ever showed up in their email communication. They came acrossed as if we had never met before. How can this be? How can a person be something completely different in person and then give off such a cold perception in writting? This made me think about how I come across - sometimes I can be too direct in an email but in person I am much more communicative. Let this be a lesson to all of us. Be seamless in your life. Be who you are always - in thought, word and deed!


Mary Beach said...


After meeting you in Vancouver, I discovered your blog and I am impressed that you have the same warmth in written "voice" as you do in person. This is a rarity! I suspect it is a result of practice -- your output is prolific. And your willingness to connect, always connect, is generous.

As a writer, I find it much easier to connect through the written word, which is terrific for my clients, who need me to be their written selves. But this detachment can come across as chilly in person.

Your talk sent me out into the world to change that. Thank you!

Cindy Novotny said...

You are so very welcome Mary - keep it up!

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