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Communication is an art, perhaps in the age of social media, a lost art

Communication is an art, perhaps in the age of social media, a lost art

I recall an oft shared quote, which may or may not have been said by Blaise Pascal, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” The point is that when we are purposeful and thoughtful, we can be incredibly articulate, engaging, and even rousing. The pace at which we attempt communication today, which is only accelerating, and the media to which we have unprecedented access, is eroding the very foundation of communication itself. But it doesn’t…

Attention is a Precious Commodity: Earn it and Spend it Wisely

There’s an oft-shared quote that I’d also love to share with you here, “If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter.”  French mathematician, physicist, writer and philosopher Blaise Pascal essentially captured the essence of thoughtful and purposeful communication with a bold but confusing statement in 1657. At first blush, his words almost seem counter-intuitive. I mean after all, how can spending more time writing a letter equate to its downsizing? That’s the point. Think about…

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