Texting Is A Quick Solution But People Love To Hear Your Voice
At one point in my life I was a Gold Medalist Texter. My thumbs could fire off a laundry list of words like the picture above in seconds. I didn't realize I was a habitual texter until a close friend of mines stated "texting is fine Chris but I prefer to hear your voice". She opened my eyes that even though texting is a fast way to communicate most people, especially in the business world prefer to hear your voice.
Things To Avoid Doing Over Text
As an investor who finds and buys homes in the Memphis Tennessee market negotiating prices with homeowners is an important task. It's also a task that I would never do over a text message. If I was a homeowner negotiating with an investor to sell my home I would expect to do it face to face or atleast over the phone. Texting over an offer just doesn't exude professionalism and isn't something I recommend agents or investors do.
The second area where picking up the phone trumps texting would be networking. Over the years you will meet some amazing people who you would like to stay in contact with. You may want to reach out to share deals, ask a question or just check to see how their day or business is going. You can't duplicate laughter, emotion or great advice in a text in my opinion. With the amount of data, emails and calls we receive in a day it's easy for a text message to get lost or overlooked.
I'm 40 years old and I can remember a time when I was in high school when no one had a cell phone and the word text meant words in a book. I just aged myself now but I'm totally fine with it. Without texting I knew what time we all where meeting up for the Friday football games. Without texting I knew what time to arrive at my girlfriend home to pick her up for our date. And without texting I've managed to meet a couple of great people here on Active Rain over the phone.
Texting will always be a part of our lives and it does serve it's purpose. Wives will use it to send their husbands the quick items they need picked up from the store, our kids will use it to ask if it's ok for them to go to a friends house and I'll use it as a tool to rub it in to a friend whose team just lost to our Memphis Grizzlies. There are instances where clients may be ok with getting updates or answering quick questions via text. Just make sure you both are on the same page.
One of the perks of technology is the fact that it helps simplify our lives and make certain tasks easier. Don't stop texting but also don't stop letting people in your life hear your voice!
Until next time.............I'm Out