I’m not going to say I was wrong. I’ll just say I stand corrected.
The axiom is true.
Pride does indeed come before the fall.
Yesterday morning I made the mistake of congratulating myself for writing a super-dooper Encourager and I’ve been in a tailspin ever since.
And dang it.
I thought my points about the Myth of Over-Communication were rock-solid!
But after noting a few of the responses to it, I’m now back down to earth.
Apparently, there are two culprits in our communications landscape who are able to over-communicate, and therefore, wear out their welcome rather quickly.
Some respondents were surprised I missed them.
The first culprit is the chronic complainer. (Duh!)
This culprit will complain about everything and anything without – as Churchill would say – any loss of enthusiasm.
Taken as a group, complainers only comprise about 2-3% of all of the people who’ll ever come our way.
So Jay Baer, a leading marketer and author of the book best-selling Hug Your Haters, says not to go overboard in trying to appease them.
He advises to only respond once and leave it at that.
And if you feel the need to respond to a chronic complainer twice –
be mature enough to STOP after your second attempt.
You have better things to do.
The second culprit brought to my attention also has the uncanny ability to cause pain via over-communicating.
I was told it’s ME.
Pointing out the obvious is way too easy!
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