Perhaps it’s the scientist in me, or maybe it’s the fact that I work with people who speak English as a second language, but this phrase is annoying and demonstrates how lazy we have become with communication.
Recently, I used Google to search for “alternatives to Google”. What a weird thing. It’s a bit like going into Walmart, walking up to an associate and saying, “Can you tell me where the nearestTarget is? And can you give me a ride there? This place gives me the creeps.”
Captchas, those annoying “prove you’re not a robot” tests that many websites require to show you belong there, are something that have no analogue in the pre-digital age, or at least none that I can think of. I don’t ever recall trying to enter, say, my gym back in the 90’s and having someone (likely … Continue reading “I’m thinking you don’t belong here”
“ . . . that musty, small-town video shop set up in the dining room of an old house where someone was likely murdered.”
Imagine, if you will, if we substituted other representative phrases . . . it could get ugly.
It’s going to be quite epic!
Something always goes wrong.
My tech evidently knows better.
It's always good to address people by their first name in a conversation, as it makes them feel seen and builds a connection. But it can be overdone, and cross a line if not used with care. For instance, the following statement is an example of a positive use of a first name: "Have a … Continue reading Workplace Communication Tip #87
Raising children today can certainly be a difficult and grueling task. Knowing how to effectively navigate the often will-crushing, despair-infested waters known as parenthood has never been easy. . . UNTIL NOW!
There were a lot of emotions in our house this morning.
I sometimes like to apply methodology used at work to domestic situations.
Never underestimate the power of using the word “Folks” in your workplace communication.
You may be familiar with the account of the very first phone call placed by Mr. Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant, Thomas Watson, and those simple words which he supposedly uttered. You may not know that a transcript of the entire call was recently discovered, and it’s eye-opening: “Mr. Watson, come here - I … Continue reading The first phone call
I have created a Second-Rate Scientist YouTube channel, and the way I see it, there are two possible reasons why.