by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Communication, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Social MediaTagged as: Ability, Skills
If you had gone to school in the 1800s, you would have learned important skills… like penmanship. Good penmanship required concentration, attention to detail, and many hours of practice; it indicated that you were cultured, educated, and serious about what you had to say. It spoke to our ability to communicate.
While we may not “write” the way they did in the 1800s, the skills that it taught are just as important today as they were back then. Yet if we aren’t learning these skills through penmanship, how are we doing so? Through instant messaging, Tweeting, and quickie emails? Unfortunately, this is often the case, and unfortunately, concentration and attention to detail suffer.
To recapture some of the benefits of penmanship, consider these ideas:
It isn’t just the creation of ideas that we do quickly, but also the consumption of them. In our quest to scan every byte of information that comes our way, we inevitably lose the nuance – and sometimes even the point – of what is being said. This week, choose to spend more time on critical tasks: both creating information and consuming it. While penmanship may very well be a long-lost art, our ability to communicate cannot be.
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