I am texting on behalf of a political candidate in my state whom I believe in. She will make a great public servant in her next role, which I hope she wins in November.

The web-based software we are using is capable of sending hundreds of texts an hour, probably thousands, but the law requires each text is individually sent, not roboblasted.

The responses, well, most are in favor of her, some not, a few downright ugly, mean, and crass. Some with pictures which I do not open, some ask great questions, some thank me for volunteering, and some want to be opted out of the database.

Everyone is handled unless they are rude and then we answer questions, refer to the candidate’s website, or thank them for their support (or not) and wish all of them a nice day.

Texting is an immediate-response attention-grabbing, efficient medium.

It is not intended to create the give-and-take of a conversation. It may be right for someone to want to grab your attention for a business opportunity or job or gig or opinion they seek from you as an expert or excellent candidate, fast and for immediate reply.

But (brakes screeching) does your cell phone number appear on your Contact Details in your profile?

Yes? Great. You are accessible in today’s nanosecond economy.

No? You know what you have to do, yes, relent and put your cell number in your profile.

Just do it.

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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