dontuseemojisFriday was World Emoji Day.

Ho hum. (Notice there is no frowny-face here.)

Imagine a world in which we use rich human language, from my fingers to your eyes, to/from everyone we are connected to. Not lazy emojis or “likes” that are LinkedIn hit-and-runs. Let’s “off” emojis. Let’s boycott pre-fabbed LInkedIn comments to click on and skulk away.

Tell me why you like, celebrate, support, love, obtain insight, are curious. Go beyond the already pedestrian norm of click-and-go.

Use words, dear people. Key them in, with thought and intent. Take the time and show you care. Be real. 

My friend and colleague Kimberly Rice interviewed me on this very topic and several times in the conversation I implored the listeners not to just “like” the podcast. Yet, against admonition, we received dozens of “likes,” one “heart,” but I was heartened by several people adding comments.

OK, that’s a start. Who’s with me to change the least common denominator?

Perhaps this is my newest one-man LinkedIn crusade: to urge you to do better. I suspect some of you will be able help me break this laziness habit and following my lead, urge your connections to offer sincere and intelligent comments.

Rather than a quick ponder “Hmmm, I wonder which of these 6 emojis is best?” in the time you take to decide, you could have keyed in a nice comment, even a simple “bravo/brava!”

So folks, DO NOT “like” this blog post. Tell me WHY you like this blog post.  

Marc W. Halpert

LinkedIn personal coach, group trainer, marketing strategist and overall evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate better!

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