Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Sleet . . . How Do You Like People to Communicate with You?

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Before the time of email, text messages, internet, instant messaging, cell phone and even the telephone, most people received their messages via the postal service whose slogan was "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds".

How did we survive without all of these forms of communication?  What did we do before cell phones became mainstream.  My sons will never know what it is like to set up alternative times to meet their friends at Disneyland in case they miss each other.  In fact, they don't seem to realize that phones could be plugged in to the wall and that you could walk just a few feet away while talking on them. 

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Today, people have different preferred methods of communication. Some people prefer to be emailed on their Iphones, others love text messaging, some only want you to leave a message on their answering machine if they don't answer their home phone.

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For years, I didn't text, though my sister loved it, but then I began to find that many of my clients just a few years younger than me prefer this method of communication.  They text at blinding speed (and this from a person who types over 90 words a minute on a keyboard) and find it very effective.

My little sister tells all of her clients and colleagues that the best way to reach her is by text, not by calling her cell phone.

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But, for all of the modern methods we have these days, how many people really enjoy getting a hand written note in the mail. Doesn't it feel a little more personal than a text message?  Isn't it a nice surprise to receive something special in the mail?  For all that we are more connected, is it less personal?

What is your preferred method of communication.

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About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker as well as an attorney with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate.

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About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate.

Are you upside down in your home? Is it worth less than you owe? Are you concerned about making your mortgage payment? For more information see Options to Foreclosures, understanding short sales or contact me at christine@donovanblatt.com to discuss your options.

If you want to buy a home or to list your property for sale, please click Newport Beach homes, Costa Mesa homes, Huntington Beach homes or Orange County homes.  Click the link if you are interested in buying a home at a courthouse auction sale.

Contact me at christine@donovanblatt.com or 714-319-9751 to learn about her system which will make your buying and selling experience easier.

Disclaimer: All information in this blog is deemed reliable but is subject to change at any time and is not guaranteed to be accurate nor are there any warantees either express or implied. This blog is not intended to offer any legal, tax or other advice.

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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
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My favorite way of communication is email, text and different networks.

Jan 18, 2009 12:06 AM #1
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Christine:  I know you will appreciate this comment.  When I first started practicing law, we didn't have computers, e-mail, etc.  We dictated memos, letters, pleadings, etc. and then submitted to a typing pool.  They typed it and then we handwrote revisions.  I thought the decision to purchase a fax machine would split the firm in two.  It was the longest running debate in the history of mankind.  I didn't have a computer at my desk until 1997.  Now, communication is instaneous - e-mail, texting, mobile phones, etc.  I maybe showing some gray when I say I sometimes miss the old days when people came to the office or picked up the telephone.  I remain steadfastly old-fashioned.  I still get suprised e-mails when customers, clients and other agents receive my handwritten notes.  Yes, I prefer the handwritten note over all the tech tools out there. 

Jan 18, 2009 12:10 AM #2
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Brian Burke
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Christine - we try to go with the flow and use whatever clients, customers, friends, etc. prefer to use. I feel like the younger generation (LOL makes me feel old) prefers the instant type of interaction and less for a handwritten note. I personally like e-mail and other types instant messages - seems like nowadays you can't get through on the phone much! ~Rita

Jan 18, 2009 12:24 AM #3
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Bill Gassett
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I prefer either the phone or email when it comes to business. I keep texting for the personal stuff:)

Jan 18, 2009 06:37 AM #4
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Gary Woltal
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My preferred method Christine is phone call, then email, then handwritten letter.

Jan 19, 2009 07:53 AM #5
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Hi Christine,

With all the different ways to communicate with each other today, I think it's important that we ask our clients how they prefer to be contacted and then we write that down and use their preferred method. So if they would rather you call them, then that's what you do or if they would like communication mostly through texting, then do that, etc. Also, I agree with you that a handwritten note is a great way to communicate at times because it's special and lets your client know that they are special to you. I always send my clients a handwritten note after they close thanking them for their business and at Christmas too.

Have a great day,

Anne Rains

P.S. Your children are so cute!

Jan 19, 2009 10:56 AM #6
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Christine Donovan
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Robert - I like email.  I've gotten used to text, but to really communicate I like to be face to face or on the phone.

Jan 19, 2009 11:22 PM #7
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Christine Donovan
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Rita  - It really seems to depend upon the person, but I am trying to learn my clients' and colleagues' preferences.

Jan 19, 2009 11:23 PM #8
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Christine Donovan
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Bill - I find that a lot of my clients text me.

Jan 19, 2009 11:24 PM #9
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Christine Donovan
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Gary - I'm with you on the first two.  I love getting a hand written letter, but it isn't always the fastest way to communicate.

Jan 19, 2009 11:24 PM #10
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Christine Donovan
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Ryan - When I started practicing, we had computers, but my first firm wanted me to dictate everything have the secretary give it back to me so I could hand write corrections and then wait to get the final back.  It made no sense to me as I type faster than I talk and twice as fast as the secretary.

But, having been a secretary for my mom and others years ago and having typed many school papers, I know how frustrating it was to type, proof and retype, and you can forget about just clicking a few buttons to move a paragraph around ; )

I too find that my clients like handwritten notes; it's almost like a touch from another age.

Jan 19, 2009 11:28 PM #11
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Christine Donovan
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Anne - I try to learn my clients' preferred method and use it as much as possible.

P.S. Thanks - I think they're pretty cute too.

Jan 19, 2009 11:32 PM #12
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Christine,

There are so many available methods of communication. I always ask how the client likes to communicate. Many want email, some  cell phone and for personal texting. A hand written note is always an added bonus and I use for some  situations. Thanks for the post.

Jan 20, 2009 06:08 AM #13
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Dorrie - I too see a variety of methods from my clients and try to use the one they prefer.

Jan 21, 2009 10:56 PM #14
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I find it interesting that when laptop computers first hit the market, people complained because the keyboards were too small or some keys were in unusual places. Now those same people are texting while driving -- LOL.

Jan 29, 2009 01:41 PM #15
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Christine Donovan
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Russel - A valid point.  Texting is a quick and effective method many time, but so much slower than typing for someone like me who types over 90 words a minute on a regular keyboard.  I'm not the texting speedster that some teenagers are.

Jan 29, 2009 04:26 PM #16
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