Carolyn Browne Tamler

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    CAROLYN'S BLOG

    Wednesday
    Jan182017

    1-19-17 Are emails and texts good forms of communication?

    Have you received an email with several misspellings or grammatical errors?

    Have you had numerous text exchanges with someone and finally gave up and made a phone call to resolve something?

    Have you received a group email that got sent around several times to several people, including you?

    Do you find yourself sometimes struggling to get through a long email, only to reach the end and realize you’re still not sure what it was all about?

    Have you sent an email or a text assuming the other person would understand your words and your tone, only to get a response back that didn’t really relate to your intentions?

    I’m sure you can come up with several other items to put on this list. In our high speed communication age, we rapidly email and text and tweet several times a day (our new President believes in this). But are we really communicating?  There are some disagreements about how much human communication is non-verbal, but I think that we all can agree that lacking voice intonation, facial expression, body language and simply feeling another person’s energy, words alone will not necessarily convey thoughts accurately.

    I have a bit of a silly streak in me (those who know me might say it is more than a bit). I learned a long time ago never to use my silliness in an email unless I was absolutely sure that the person knew me well enough to understand the communication (and I’m not sure it’s wise to send anyone a silly email). Of course, I can add an imogi, but……

    Here are a few suggestions to avoid misunderstandings when emailing or texting:

    • Keep it short and simple
    • If at all possible, save your sincere, serious communications for in-person or by phone
    • Read every email over before you press “Send”
    • If you are sending out a longer email or something with important information, make sure you have someone else read it before you send it
    • If you are feeling angry or frustrated with someone, DO NOT send them an email or text and let them know this; cool down first, and then make a phone call
    • If you are sending an email to a group of people, use the bcc, even if everyone knows each other; it will seem more personal and it will be impossible for someone else to press the “Reply all” and send out swirling emails that can drive us crazy.
    Thursday
    Jan122017

    1-12-17 What demands attention on Facebook....A cat

    I wrote the Blog below nearly a year ago after we had gotten our cat, Dash, from the Cat Cottage in Freeland.  He had been there for a year, and he made it clear to us very quickly, that we were his peeps. Here’s what I wrote:

    I am mystified by Facebook.  I admit to not always knowing or understanding what draws attention, especially when you’re trying to figure out what you can show in social media that will result in responses.

    I often see that what my daughter made for dinner draws 20 or 30 “likes,” yet when I post incredibly cute pictures of my grandchildren or something else I find especially interesting, maybe I’ll get 10 or 15 “likes” (although some of my grandkid and daughter photos have occasionally gotten more).

    There has been a recent exception to my past experiences.  A little over a week ago, Rich and I got a three-year old kitty from the WAIF Cat Cottage in Freeland….and I posted a photo.  I had nearly 40 “likes” and an amazing number of comments.

    Interestingly, the responses for Dash on Facebook have remained the same.  I posted a photo of him with a toy mouse, and then later a picture of him on my desk as my office cat…..and about 30 people commented each time.  Sadly, my adorable grandkids usually get less than 20 likes.

    I am not sure what this all means except people really love seeing pictures of cute animals., even more than cute kids.

    Thursday
    Jan052017

    1-5-17 What does it take to start a new business?

    Some people might say money is the primary requirement to start a business. You definitely have to be able to afford all of the costs associated with creating and promoting a new business, but I believe the most important element is a passion about what you are doing.

    Over the years I have done many stories for the Business Spotlight on Whidbey Local (https://www.whidbeylocal.com/articles/1/5243), and there is a common theme: People who have their own businesses are passionate about what they do.

    Besides the money necessary to establish a business, there is an incredible investment of energy and time. I have observed that while the desire to make money is a major player in creating a business, there is often far more interest in the products or services and a desire to share these with others.

    When I walk into a retail store, or talk about products or services with someone, I immediately feel their sense of commitment to what they are offering. And when the owner of the business communicates their passion and enthusiasm, it certainly is a great incentive to do business with them.

    Friday
    Dec232016

    12-22-19 through 12-29-19* Help the birds have a jolly holiday season

    I just read a great newspaper article by a good friend of mine who is an active local Audubon member and a strong advocate for helping our local bird populations.

    The excellent newspaper article about Linda Bainbridge appears in the Whidbey News Times, for Tuesday, December 20th.

    The article describes what the birds need from us this time of year, and how important it is to be aware of the danger outdoor cats pose to our feathered friends (my cat Dash is an indoor cat who loves looking out the windows at all of the exciting life outside).

    If you are a South end person, there’s a local retailer, Wild Birds Unlimited, that can help you choose the right kind of feeders and food. Check out the article in the Business Spotlight on Whidbey Local.

    *Taking a brief holiday break.  A new blog will appear on 1-5-17

    Thursday
    Dec152016

    12-15-16 Ways our family is making holiday shopping easier

    I have three daughters who are married and have other families of which they are a part now. The holidays can be pretty crazy figuring out who gets and gives presents.

    A few years ago we settled on a Secret Santa system. My oldest daughter is in charge (wow, it was so great to hand this over to her). Essentially, using a random system, everyone gets the names of two members of the family. Cost for each present is set at about $15.

    Several family members sent out on-line wish lists for the items they wanted. Here’s what I found interesting:  I was able to buy my Secret Santa presents from local businesses without having to deal with the on-line giants, or without heading over to the mainland to save a couple of bucks (of course, the savings are often off-set when ferry fares and gas are taken into account).

    It was rewarding dealing with local businesses and knowing I was contributing to the local economy. But, as I mentioned in a previous blog, it’s so much more relaxed shopping in local communities at local businesses, where I frequently know the owners and run into other folks I know while shopping.

    If you haven’t completed all of your holiday shopping yet, make it easier on yourself, and stay on the island to finish your shopping. You’ll be much more relaxed, and you’ll do your part to help the local economy.

    Ho ho ho..