My voice

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Real Estate Agent with Real Living | At Home DC / MD / VA
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On some level, I think I'm looking for my voice, heck, that's a good excuse right?

But that's not true. If I review everything I've commented on, or the few blogs I've hewritten, I can see the same reliance on particular words that I use more than others.  I can see the same words that I never use not being used.  I can see the same style of sentence structure, and of thought presentation.

That's my voice. 

Recently this week, a client reviewed me on zillow, and she spoke to my twist of humor.  She didn't speak of my sarcasm, perhaps that means I've been able to rely less on that tendency.

Earlier today, I was speaking with someone about his blog.  He's got a writer who writes for him weekly.  He said "anyone who knows me would know those aren't my words".  That's fairly observant.  That same observation works for me, whether I'm writing here, or in my favorite Washington Nationals blog. I have a screen name there, and if you followed that for a few days, you'd figure who was me.  Same words; same short sentences strung together by "and", as well as a strong use of semi-colon. 

That's my voice.

To that, add an opinion about everything, tempered with a reluctance to demand agreement with my opinions.  If I think the sky is blue and you think the sky is green, fine; we see the sky differently. It doesn't matter if I think you're wrong, because you think I'm wrong.  That simply means I need to commuicate with you as if my sky were green.

If I get back to reliance on words & phrases & ideas, I tend to go with the flow and wish you good karma.  I doubt a realtor blogger for hire would often speak of karma, right?

One last observation.  People tend to have a particular sense they are more comfortable with, and they speak accordingly.  People will say "do you see what I mean" or "do you hear what I'm saying" or "do you sense where I'm coming from".  If I look at my writing, or listen to myself, I see and hear pretty well.  I don't always feel as well as I should, which means that some things which are so obvious to some are completely obtuse to me.  That's fine, I'll figure it out anyhow.

And so, the voice I have for writing on AR is the same voice I have for speakig in front of people, for speaking one/one, for playing with the dog....the voice is me.

 

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Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life

Real Living | At Home
11 Dupont Circle #650
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 518-8781 bus / (703) 868-7774 mobile
claude@labbe.com

 

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Praful Thakkar
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Claude, it pays to be who we are - our voice syncing with action makes us who we are - and then, people like us or believe us! So true!

Aug 20, 2014 01:57 PM #1
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Claude. I have a post that will be out soon on NLP, based on your post you may find the topic interesting. We all communicate differently, even with the same language.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

 

Aug 20, 2014 10:50 PM #2
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Tapping into our authentic self is so critical if we are to connect well with others. And, blogging in your distinctive voice will win you business - from people who "get you." Interesting blog, Claude.  Now I have to see what Joe's post is about - he's a big tease. 

Aug 21, 2014 12:24 AM #3
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Tammy Lankford,
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I know several folks here who use ghost bloggers.  It's not something I would do.  When a potential clients reads my blog they get me.  They get the real me.  Sometimes I even toss in some religion and politics which was adamantly warned against, but it's me.  When election time roles around there will be a sign in front of my office, so folks might as well know.

BTW, I'm seriously ready for your Nats to break that stinkin' winning streak they are on. (do I sound like a Braves fan?)

Aug 21, 2014 01:40 PM #4
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Joan Cox
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Claude, unfortunatley I do write all my own posts, and not being the best writer, I do my best.    I just have to hope my knowledge comes across my posts!  

Aug 22, 2014 01:24 AM #5
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Claude Labbe
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Tammy Lankford I'm with you, a ghost blogger seems inaunthentic.  If someone is reading what I write here or anyplace else, they can sense my spirit and understand that's exactly how I speak, and stammer, and clip things; simply, they either get me or not.

As for baseball...hey, living in this town, I've figured out a long time ago that there are people who's political opinions I do not share, but I am still comfortable in working with them and respecting each other.  I'll use that parallel to understand there may be some baseball fanatics who's opinions I don't share.  Hopefully, you'll still talk to me if I'm not doing any tomahwak chops

Aug 22, 2014 09:16 AM #6
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Claude Labbe
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Joan Cox Your best is working out pretty well; and all day long, authentic you is always the way to go.

Aug 22, 2014 09:28 AM #7
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Claude Labbe
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Debb Janes I'm hoping Joe's tease leads to some good insight.

Surely, he'll keep us posted.  Right  Joe Petrowsky ?

Aug 22, 2014 09:47 AM #8
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Of course I will.  I'm married to a chargers fan, so I pull for them EXCEPT when they are playing my Falcons.  Doesn't stop me from wishing we weren't SEVEN games back from you guys though.  Maybe it's the NATIONALS year.  

Aug 22, 2014 10:24 AM #9
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Claude, it sounds like you kind of ran head on into your voice!  We are who we are...try to be anything else and you will be found not to be authentic.  I don't have people write for me in AR, but occasionally will rely on another voice (sometimes) on other sites.  Aside from informing my readers I know that eventually I'll meet some of them so what they read is what I want them to meet.

Aug 25, 2014 08:47 AM #10
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Claude Labbe
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Nick T Pappas Silly me, I was hoping the voice would be perfect from day 1, but evidently that is also a process. I've been forging ahead.

Aug 25, 2014 10:09 AM #11
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Inna Ivchenko
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Well, nothing is the same. We are changing all the time, only our values stay the same.

How can anything be perfect 'from the day 1?':)

Sep 04, 2014 04:08 PM #12
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Evelyn Johnston
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It pays to be you.  Everyone else is already taken.  I heard that somewhere and it really made sense to me.  Just be YOU!

Sep 17, 2014 12:38 PM #13
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Jill Sackler
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I love that comment above and I love that you give your sense of self so much thought. So many others don't.

Oct 24, 2014 06:27 AM #14
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Claude Labbe
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Jill Sackler I've learned that if I don't define myself, others surely will.

Oct 24, 2014 07:57 AM #15
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So true.

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