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Telephone Conversation

Are there times when you would prefer an old-fashioned, telephone conversation over a steady stream of text messages?

Back when I first began text messaging, one of my girlfriends informed me that my text messaging skills left much to be desired.  Simply stated, my friend is a prolific, text messaging whiz.  Me – not so much.  Luckily, my friend and I have been great buddies since we were young girls.  And, when you’ve been good friends with someone for over 40 years, you tend to accept and love each other unconditionally – even if one friend uses up a majority of the other friend's monthly allotment of text messages.

Text Messages Gone Wild

The truth is, I've never mastered the art of text messaging jargon and quite frankly, I've never actually tried.  Writing in "text-eze" simply feels awkward and unnatural to me.  What can I say?  Clearly, I embrace other methods of modern technology.  Even so, creating abbreviated text messages, for some reason, has never been one of my strong suits.  Of course, I don't mean quick, spur of the moment, hey-I'm-looking-for-a-parking-space-I'll-be-right-there-kind-of-messages.  I mean conversations with lots and lots of details.  And, many of my conversations fit into that category. 

With voice recognition text messaging software on my smartphone, texting like I talk is now easier than ever before!

Best.  Invention.  Ever.  With the ability to dictate text messages, I can text like I talk with the greatest of ease.  Consequently, whenever I text like I talk about something complicated, I will typically receive a telephone call within the first 2 to 3 text messages.  Certainly, in my case, a telephone conversation could be significantly less labor intensive than texting.   Also, in my opinion, telephone conversations are less prone to misinterpretation.  Besides, I don’t care to send – or receive – long, drawn-out text messages about convoluted business or personal matters anyway.

Not to mention the fact that I'm fairly confident I am responsible for at least one enrollment in an unlimited text messaging plan.

So, if you’d rather have a chat with someone on the telephone versus the back and forth, tedious, seemingly never ending, many times cryptic and frustrating text messages –  try texting like you talk.  Chances are you’ll get a call quicker than you can type “Thx.”

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Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors
Century 21 Bradley.
Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843

This is a great post!  Made me LOL.  :)  

I hate texting.  Absolutely despise it.  I especially hate the LONG texters that type a paragraph or two each time they text.  At that point I would rather get a phone call and have a conversation.  

November 13, 2012 05:03 AM
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Personal Service, always.
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC

This may be something made for me...I can't type very fast and don't know all the shortcuts!

November 13, 2012 05:04 AM
Tammy Lankford
Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
Lane Realty

I hate when I hear... could you text me that?  I want to say NO, but I generally do it.  I like Siri for texting too.

November 13, 2012 05:37 AM
Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

Carie, I just purchased an iPhone 5 and it should arrive any day now. I'm going to let Siri do my texting for me.

November 13, 2012 05:57 AM
Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX

Athina:  Agreed.  Texting is convenient in many situations.

Praful:  Yes, they are getting smarter!  Easy to forgot it is still a phone sometimes :)

Shanna:  I love this story!  Good for you and thanks for sharing it.  Reminds me of a friend who told me he decided to meet with his kids regularly in order to illustrate, and help them with, in-person conversations, making eye contact, shaking hands, etc.  Can't learn those skills from a smartphone!

Norma:  Follow-Up in any form is all good to me :)

Janice:  The deciphering!!  Once in awhile, I have to Google abbreviations I don't understand.  It's like having to buy a vowel on 'Wheel of Fortune' in order to read some messages :)

Tamara:  Many of the really long conversations are difficult sometimes.

Silvia:  Sometimes, it just seems so much easier to talk over the telephone!

Nina:  Agreed!  'Real' conversations are always the best!

Carol:  I've tried making my messages shorter.  Haven't been able to give up the full punctuation, though :)

Jared & Amanda:  Thanks ... glad I made you LOL!  And, you're exactly right ... paragraph after paragraph text messages warrant a phone call, for sure!

November 13, 2012 06:15 AM
Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX

Gary:  Voice Recognition Software is the best!

Tammy:  I know what you mean!  And, I like Siri too!

Michael:  You'll soon see what I'm talking about.  She's great!

November 13, 2012 06:18 AM
Connie Harvey
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate
Pilkerton Realtors

Carie, OMGosh! I could have written this post! I totally text the way I talk. Including puntuation! No one's ever complained so I guess I thought everyone had unlimited texting. Where do you find the app on your phone? I need to see if I have it too!

November 13, 2012 07:06 AM
David Grbich
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484
Ventana Coastal Properties -

Love the post - definitely a time for texting and a time for talking. Seems like younger generations prefer a text but I really prefer a phone call if it is going to be an ongoing dialogue. Regards Dave

November 13, 2012 07:15 AM
Bryan Robertson
Broker, Author, Speaker
Catarra Real Estate, Inc

I've never gotten into using the shorthand words that text "power users" seem to speak.  I'm a big fan of dictation and use it on my Droid frequently.  All that said, if I need to talk to someone in any real detail, I'd much rather call and skip the text.

November 13, 2012 07:27 AM
Scott M. Stulich
See What Moves You!!
Re/Max Components

My favorite is the text that says "HEY CAN YOU CALL ME" why didn't you call me, if I were busy I would send it to voicemail. Welcome to the wonderful world of technology..........

November 13, 2012 07:29 AM
Marge Draper
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto

I got on to texting when my calls to our son went unanswered.  He didn't take the time to listen to messages.  I finally 'got the message' and started texting him.  OMG! He answered!  I didn't need to be Pavlov's dog to just keep on texting him!

November 13, 2012 09:22 AM
Irina Riley
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

It is faster and easier way to connect for sure. I have clients who love texting. I am using it only to get fast response.

Phone call is so much better. Thank you for sharing.

November 13, 2012 09:34 AM
Gary Meek
Broker/Owner (916) 995-9385
NewVision Realty Group

THe younger generation will dictate how you do business with them.  They may talk and text with the same grammatical sequence, but if that is who is buying you better adapt or you may lose that sale. 

November 13, 2012 11:11 AM
Sonsie Conroy
Energetic, Knowledgeable Realtor
I list and sell everywhere in San Luis Obispo County

I'm noit crazy about texting, either, but apparently lots of my clients and colleagues ARE. So of course I've had to adapt.

My carrier (Verizon) doesn;t charge by the character or line, just by completed messages (when you hit ti SEND buttoin). So there is no reason for me to use illegibile abbreviations and I don't. I keep messages short and sweet and direct them to either call me or check their email if the informnatiion is complex.

November 13, 2012 11:49 AM
Sylvia E. Miller
Santa Barbara Real Estate Connection
Coastal Properties

Funny, before texting, my phone ringing at inconvenient times, after hours, etc, would irritate me; but now I almost miss the ring ring ring. Being 'old school', I prefer the personal interaction that is missing with texting...the building of relationships. Of course, I don't mind how my clients communicate, as long as they communicate. I think, it's the Realtors who ONLY communicate via texting...this is my biggest peeve!

November 13, 2012 12:44 PM
Jon Karlen
Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate
Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky Real Estate

For good or bad: texting is here to stay (at least for a while).  I agree that the talk to text feature really helps out a lot.

November 13, 2012 01:01 PM
Gretchen & Mel Ahrens

I love texting. You just never know when you're going to be able to reach someone so texting allows them to get to you when they can. That said, I totally get your point about over-texting when a quick phone call could clear something up so much more quickly and easily.


November 13, 2012 04:23 PM
Christine Donovan
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Donovan Blatt Realty

Carie - I love talk to text.  It just makes things easier.  I use texting frequently though I am not a complete fan.

November 13, 2012 08:58 PM
Cooper Jacobs
Real Estate Brokers - Seattle
Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM

Texting is a great topic Carie and 'current agents' should identify with this. Texts are a necessary medium of modern real estate practice in order to stay in touch with tech savy buyers. Thank you for being current!

November 17, 2012 07:55 AM
Debbie Laity
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
Cedaredge Land Company

I've had to learn the fine art of texting. I do prefer a phone call. My daughter is the texting are most kids her age. She can have several texting conversations going on at one time.

November 23, 2012 06:26 AM
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