Electronic Newsletter Issue 2005-03
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According to a Harris Interactive poll in 2000, 64% of U.S. adults own a cell phone. Of those cell owners, 43% say they use the phone when driving.
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According to the “Wizard of Whenã” having a cell phone has made it easier to keep from missing calls. With all the options that are now available, the cell phone has virtually eliminated the need for other types of phones. At the same time, it has made it more difficult to prevent distractions during concentration time. Be sure to turn off the phone when needing to concentrate or are in a meeting with others, whether social or business. To allow multi-tasking, cell phone optional equipment includes hands-free microphone/earphone accessories and clips to place the phone on a belt or options for hanging it on a pocket, purse, wall, or car dashboard.
For a century, we have had the telephone to enable us to talk to people who are not in the room with us. For decades, we have been able to transmit paper over the phone via fax technology. And for many years now, we have been using modem technology to have our computers send and receive faxes as well as email and text messages. Currently, instead of picking up the phone, we can use our computers to send voice messages to save time in reaching people and collecting messages. This technology is called Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and is available through some internet service providers or telecommunications companies.
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An familiar game of 10-15 minutes is used to help people see the importance of communicating clearly. This game has been called "Telephone" or "Gossip". In this game, the person at the beginning of a line or circle whispers a short story into the next person's ear. That person repeats it quietly to the person next to him/her. This repeat process continues on until everyone in the line or circle has heard the story. The last person tells the group the story he/she heard. The first person tells the group the original story.
Possible debrief questions for this game are:
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"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." - Joseph Priestly
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