Speak To People, Not Machines

In this era of Facebook, Twitter and email, crucial face-to-face communication skills have been lost or put aside indefinitely. There has been a sharp decline in face-to-face communication in favor of instant contact overload. Because of this, people are losing vital opportunities to connect and network.

Technology is great, and I wouldn't be without it. But face-to-face communication can give us some of the most enriching experiences. Human interaction keeps you alert and allows you to truly connect with another person, an asset that is completely lost in instant communication. Face-to-face communication is also the most effective form of networking that can contribute to your success. Here are 8 tips to help you with your face-to-face interactions today:

1. Initiate face-to-face communication.

Email is fast, but it can be easily misinterpreted, leading to sticky situations. More information is relayed with face-to-face communication. Especially if there is a chance of conflict, meet in person to diffuse negative feelings and enforce the understanding that we all have emotions and can be sensitive to issues. Meet in person to establish real connections.

2. Be aware of body language, facial expressions and eye contact.

Use these tools to your benefit. Visually convey interest, openness and attention. Be sure to watch the other person for visual subtleties, but be careful not to misinterpret.

3. Keep your eye on the goal.

Social chit-chat is good, but don't forget why you wanted to initiate communication in the first place. Use face-to-face contact to help you clarify your message. It allows you to make sure that the message is understood and well received.

4. Make the conversation count.

Do not drift through topics. Pay attention to the conversation and the people involved. You want to be able to walk away remembering what was discussed and feeling like the interaction was successful.

5. Be real and sincere.

Be there in the present, not in your own head or, even worse, on your phone. Stay alert to speak with confidence and interest. Give the other speaker your full attention.

6. Be sensitive to the other person's time.

Do not spend 20 minutes when you asked for 10, and don't side step around issues. Staying present will allow you to communicate clearly and contribute to a successful conversation.

7. Be prepared.

Know what the topic of the conversation is before you start. If discussing ideas with a colleague or superior, know what you want the outcome of the conversation to be.

8. Face to face communication is collaboration.

Every communication is give and take. Take the initiative to start face-to-face communication and give the other person your full attention.

Face-to-face communication is the most complete, most powerful form of conversation. Do not avoid it, but embrace it and make it work for you. Do not pass up the opportunities that come from connecting with another person

Shirley's Top Tip:

Feeling burnt out in the middle of your working day? Have what scientists call a 'human moment'! Interacting with another human being gives our brains stimulation that we don't get from computers. Our brains have to interpret visual and vocal cues every second, demanding focus and intellectual involvement. It keeps our brains sharp and alert and stimulates emotional reactions. A 'human moment' can give you that burst of energy you need while at the same time connecting you to another person, making your day feel that much more successful.



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Telecommunications Expenses Too High?

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How To Reduce Them?

Telecommunications play a crucial part in any business enterprise, and they will typically include HIgh-Speed Internet, Hosted Phone Systems, Managed Security, and Traffic Shaping Services (SD-WAN).

According to the IDC Research Group, telecommunications costs are not only the second biggest indirect expense but also the fourth largest overall for a business organization. Thus, any business house that wants to save on operational costs, one of the most critical areas to economize is telecommunication expenses. If you exercise proper control, you can meaningfully reduce the cost of your voice, data and wireless communications.

How to manage your telecom budget?

Managing telecommunications costs is not an easy task for any business - whatever its size and scale of operations. As a first step, do a research study and work out the level of telecom service that is required to meet the needs of your organization optimally. This just means that the combination of services you buy should exactly match your business needs - neither more nor less. You should not buy features that are superfluous, and you would never use.

To effectively manage telecommunications costs, a business enterprise should have a regular and comprehensive strategy to monitor various plans, services, and resources. One of the best ways to achieve this is to work with Buckeye Telecom, who can competently assess your telecom needs - such as Hosted Phone Service, High-Speed Internet Access, SD-WAN, and Managed Security.

Buckeye works with the carriers to formulate a plan consisting of a host of solutions that will adequately meet your needs as also your budget. Please remember there are telecom master agents (Buckeye Telecom) who build strong, long-lasting relationships with both the clients and carriers under their contacts, experience and objective assessment.

Periodic valuation for your telecom services:

Another measure a business enterprise can take to reduce telecom costs would be to undertake a thorough audit of all the telecom services it is paying for. (Buckeye Telecom does this). A periodic evaluation will help understand if there are any services not being used any longer or are being under-utilized - and these services can be dispensed with to reduce the overall costs.

Make it a point to check billing mistakes and ensure they are rectified. Billing errors can be of different types - a line or service that has been discontinued may continue to be billed, the bills may not be per the rates indicated in the quotes, and there could be an incorrect assessment of taxes, etc. Often, due to lack of time or inadequate manpower, companies do not check the telecom services bills they receive.

Do circuits optimization:

Another way of saving telecom expenses is to optimize circuits so that they can be used to their fullest possible efficiency. This can be done by consolidating multiple narrow bandwidth lines into a few higher bandwidth lines.

A business enterprise must be continually watchful about the emerging technologies in the telecommunications sector and study how any new devices can be leveraged to reduce their telecommunications costs.

Buckeye Telecom can help you with all of the above. 16 years and counting.

Call or Text us at 614-224-2003, or email us at info@buckeyetelecom.com.