This is one choice I won’t offer school communicators.
Not even on a bet.
I meticulously scrutinize and analyze the responses I receive back from readers of the Encourager.
I’ve already told you that I use an incredibly tough-on-self assessment tool to sort and chart your feedback.
Every reply lands in one of these two columns: high praise or undecided.
The replies I received from yesterday’s Encourager (about noticing our heroes and telling their stories) are instructive.
About us… about our tribe.
They were split about 50% / 50%.
Some wrote in to essentially say,”Hey, thanks. A timely message for us today.”
These were nice to have.
They didn’t make me nervous.
The others were the ones that caused me to “over think.”
All I can tell you is that school leaders and communicators possess unlimited affection for humor.
Which is probably a necessity given the stress of our responsibilities.
Two examples will show you what I mean.
Now remember… these were triggered by an Encourager about heroes.
One person picked up on my phrase which described some people as “glass half-empty-or” types.
I hope you can see it without having to click over to the Encourager website itself.
I laughed before I saw the guy on the lower right — this personality type hits too close to home.
Example #2 came in with a note and this image attached from FactHive, a no-named-person entity that tweets out facts about 8 times per hour everyday.
Now why would someone send ME — of all people — a little ditty about IQ?
I hope I’m not the only one puzzled by the point FactHive is trying to make.
Isn’t it logical that 50% would be below average?
Or am I missing something?
And please, this is a rhetorical question… you don’t have to write back and add to the growing stack of folks I’ve pigeon-holed into the “undecided” category.