My wife loves sharing the story of how she told her daughter, when she was a toddler, that a black spot would appear on her forehead any time she told a lie. It wasn’t long before she would find herself facing a precocious four year-old, with one hand plastered across her brow, telling her that she did pick up her books and games, all while standing in the midst of a pile covering the playroom floor.
Too bad adults don’t have that easy a time discerning when people are being less than truthful in face-to-face situations, but there are still “tells” or other clues which are apparent enough to the trained observer. However, what about when your only contact with another person is via email or social media? How do you know then the difference between fact and fiction? This article from today’s WSJ makes for some interesting reading, and shares some key insights:
“In the office and elsewhere, many relationships begin on email and remain that way for years. So it’s critical to have tools to help evaluate whether the person on the other end of a digital communication might be lying.”
“Research shows people tend to be suspicious of information they receive online but override their suspicions and trust the information anyway. Experts call this our ‘truth bias.'”
Authenticity: To be more likable, behave in a way that feels natural and comfortable, rather than stiff or self-absorbed: (via WSJ/Kyle T.Webster)
Think that Yammer, Jive, and all these new-fangled badges and flair going around you at the office is just a bunch of Gen-Y and/or Millennial nonsense? Better get with the program… and learn how to be likable online. It just may be the difference that gets you a promotion or raise.
From the WSJ: “…Social networking also places a premium on likability. More employers track employees’ likability on in-house social networks and chat services. They recruit those who are trusted and well-liked to spread information or push through changes. Some companies take these employees’ social clout into account when handing out raises and promotions…”
Aroma Cafe / ארומה קפה is arguably Israel’s most popular chain for coffee, and also offers freshly made salads, pastries, and sandwiches (unlike Starbucks). They’ve recently expanded into the USA, in NYC, DC, & South FL. Continue reading Shameless shilling for stuff→
This technique, and the technology that drives it, amazes me. By reducing eye movement and increasing efficiency, Spritz boosts reading speed while increasing comprehension. The following quote (from their official blog) shares some of the tech behind this methodology:
“Traditional reading involves publishing text in lines and moving your eyes sequentially from word to word. For each word, the eye seeks a certain point within the word, which we call the “Optimal Recognition Point” or ORP. After your eyes find the ORP, your brain starts to process the meaning of the word that you’re viewing. With each new word, your eyes move, called a “saccade”, and then your eyes seek out the ORP for that word. Once the ORP is found, processing the word for meaning and context occurs and your eyes move to the next word. When your eyes encounter punctuation within and between sentences, your brain is prompted to assemble all of the words that you have read and processes them into a coherent thought.
When reading, only around 20% of your time is spent processing content. The remaining 80% is spent physically moving your eyes from word to word and scanning for the next ORP. With Spritz we help you get all that time back.”