Don’t kid yourself… People form opinions based on initial perceptions all day, every day. It’s just what human beings are wired to do.
We do it offline when we meet someone new or see a person walking down the street. We form a perception, even if subconsciously, as a natural reaction to what we see, feel and hear.
For example, when meeting someone new or viewing a passerby:
All of the above things run through our minds when we form an initial opinion/impression about another person.
What about email perceptions?
Most of the above are not available to decide what kind of person is on the other side of the screen regarding email. So instead, we look at:
People make judgments almost every minute of every day. You can say that you don’t — but you do. How you email someone speaks volumes about what you feel is essential, how seriously you want to be taken, and your level of perceived education.
Don’t Forget About Social Media
I was on Facebook the other day and hoped that our global enemies do not judge our culture by what I saw there. I’m not a fan of social media and use it primarily for my businesses.
This time, I went off the beaten path to some trending topics to check them out. Yikes! Posts filled with profanity, sexual innuendo, and ignorance. What I saw confirmed to me why I’m not “into” social media.
Most comments appeared that the author couldn’t put a correctly structured sentence together if their life depended on it. So many with a negative condescending tone.
I form opinions based on how I am approached via email directly or through my website forms. I almost wonder if they are pulling my leg on my business sites, as there is no way they can believe that anyone would take their inquiries seriously.
I don’t know you and only have how your choose to communicate to be a window into who you are and what you feel is important. Never underestimate that you are how you type…