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When will we learn?

With every sunrise we are given plenty of new examples of people "hitting send" and soon regretting it. Social media means what it says: It is social! Our methods of communication today allow for something to potentially be broadcast to everyone from Pekin, Illinois, to Peking, China. But it's not only Twitter fanatics who can find themselves in trouble. Every single one of us is capable of falling prey to this growing plague.

Every day we have the potential for both verbal and written blunders. It makes no difference if we are talking to a stranger over a meat counter, chatting on a cell phone with our mother, or sending an email to a coworker; we can and do miscommunicate, and people can and do get the wrong idea. When we don't pause long enough to think before speaking or writing, it commonly yields a misunderstanding and leads to a clash. We end up being the person who said, "You know that sphere of the brain that stops you from saying something that you shouldn't? Well, I don't have one of those."

This book is about preventing that misunderstanding and allowing for understanding. Said another way, preempting people from getting the wrong idea and enabling them to get the right idea! We all need work in this area in far more ways than just glancing through a checklist.

From external examples to internal turmoil, Before You Hit Send is about the four things we must think through before communicating. In all things we wish to say or write, we would be wise to ask ourselves:

  • Is it true?
  • Is it kind?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it clear?

When we ask and answer these four questions honestly, we will be thinking wisely before we speak. But to explore this fully, we need to find out a whole lot more about ourselves and uncover why we consciously and subconsciously get into these communication disasters to begin with. You may be surprised what you discover about yourself. Shall we begin?

©2017 Emerson Eggerichs (P)2017 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Always room to grow!

Good points, strategies on how to detect less desirable behaviors in my own life and how to coach others in a true, kind, necessary and clear way!

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Biblefest

The point, and messaging is good. I did not expect the bible to play such a massive role in this book. Wish it was more rooted in psychology, with factual/historical references. Not really for the younger generation.

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excellent book

don't hesitate to buy this book. we loved it
very insightful and very timely. Emerson is fantastic author.

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preachy

Piles on scripture! Quote other sources instead of yourself. Or change title to less relevant

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Keep it kind

I gained a great deal of understanding on how to better communicate with others. Now to learn how to pause and implement. I would love to share with some of my loved ones, but it wouldn’t be well received because of the religious references. Those who are not Christians may feel excluded.

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I loved it! Wonderfull points. This books talked about problems AND solutions. I recommended it to others.

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This book is worth purchasing.

Good read for all ages! Emerson did a wonderful job writing this book, he breaks things down to simpler terms.

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Necessary

Wise counsel, well organized, with an important challenge to reconsider what I'm sending out—instead of either spending time in damage control...or wasting time in denial.