After each presentation, I take a little bit of time to look at the tweets that have come across during my talk. I want to see what resonates with people, what they have questions and concerns about. I think it helps with future presentations.
Sorting through the tweets about my recent PSU Web Conference (@psuwebconf) presentation, These Are Not the Droids You Are Looking For: Making Social Media More Human, I came across this one from @bethkocher:
I have to admit, if I’d thought of saying this before I talked, I could have saved everybody in the room two whole hours.
Beth was totally right. However, it seems in this day, when we’re interacting on social media – heck, when we’re just talking to one another in person – we forget the good manners our mothers taught us. Is it time to go get a switch off the tree?
I don’t think so. Maybe we just need reminding of our manners – a refresher course as it were. I find I come back to the manners thing a lot when I ponder interpersonal communication rules and how they play out in our computer-mediated communication. It will continue to be a theme as we talk more with our thumbs and less with our ears and mouths.
In the interest of refreshing what Mama taught us, I’m including my take-home points of the presentation here:
- Be real
- Be accurate
- Be respectful
- Be positive
- Be a listener
Mind your manners. Just be a human your mom would be proud of.