With so many changes happening at a rapid pace in the world, it is incumbent upon us all to be sure that what we share and focus on is not only true but also from a credible source. Which is why I wanted to share with you a few tips for being positive that your communications are as effective as possible.
First, sometimes we just have to hit pause. Whether that is for a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days, we need to pause before saying things that can hurt a situation. In that pause, take the time to listen and understand what is going on around you. Then respond once the charged emotions are gone.
Second, is what you’re sharing true? So much information hits the interwebs every day that it’s impossible for platforms to confirm the truth of what is shared. Which means it’s your responsibility to verify the information you share.
You can verify the information you share by simply checking the sources that are cited in the article and confirming that any names mentioned are reputable.
Are you in the echo chamber? Are you surrounded by other people saying the exact same things as everyone else? If so, it may be time to seek out new communities to see if they too are sharing the same rhetoric. If your timeline starts to look like one regurgitation after another, then you’re likely in the echo chamber.
Last but not least, you have to be able to spot the bot. This is pretty specific to Twitter, but false information gets shared over and over and over again because people don’t realize that a bot has been planted.
Listen in as I share more about how you can make your communications helpful, meaningful, and credible. If there is one thing we don’t need right now, it’s the propagation of fake news! Learn how you can spot it and stop it!
- [01:07] Welcome back to the show and thank you for showing up and sharing.
- [02:39] How you can use “the pause” to better your listening skills.
- [04:51] Know what you’re sharing. Is it the truth?
- [06:52] What is the echo chamber and how does it affect your communication?
- [08:28] You have to be able to spot the bot with Twitter.
- [11:16] Hit the pause, watch out for fake news, stay out of the echo chamber, and be able to spot the bot.
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