Last month I received the following Facebook message on the Fan Page:
"In my business we have an online support group. We daily encourage and support each other. So many times I see consultants complain about not getting very many customers or teammates. It's not that they are not working hard- but, what I see is a lot of this:
'i m so frustrated! no 1 wants 2 sign up w/me. i tried this & that & nothins workin. i dont know what 2 do. i think ill just quit. wut do u think? any suggestions or advize?'
In other words, a lot of spelling and grammatical errors. Now, as a customer, I would be completely turned off by a posting with so many mistakes and shortcuts. And, as a person looking for a good stay at home job, I would run from this! It seems so unprofessional, and really immature."
I have to say, this bugs me too, and I was glad she gave me the idea to blog about it. I see it all the time when people post questions on the fan page or private message me. Honestly, I don't even like it when my teenage sons do this in their posts, and they aren't trying to impress anyone. I think it shows a complete lack of effort and frankly, it makes the writer look lazy. For a direct seller who obviously wants to be perceived as a professional to communicate in this way and care so little about the impression they make with their online presence completely baffles me.
If you've gone to school beyond about the third grade, you know how to diagram a sentence, where to capitalize and use punctuation, and how to spell. In fact, if you're typing on just about any computer made after 2005, your computer will smack you upside the head and say "Hey, you spelled that wrong" or "That's the wrong way to use a comma." Even if you're posting from your smart phone, virtually all of them will finish the long words for you and correct your spelling while they're at it.
So I have to assume that those who post paragraphs like the one above are doing so by choice, not because they aren't capable of creating a grammatically correct post. It's a bad habit, plain and simple. And in my never-to-be-humble opinion, one that doesn't serve you (at least not if first impressions matter to you). It might take a little longer to construct a sentence of which your high school English teacher would have approved, but the impact it has on your image and your influence over potential customers, hosts, and team members is definitely worth a the extra effort.
Then again, maybe I'm just old fashioned. What's your take on this?
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