The Use of Parabolic Dish Antennas

The use of dish antennas is on the rise since their invention in 1888. In other words, with the advancements in technology, these antennas are being used for a wide variety of purposes. The parabolic dish antennas can now be used in the majority of urban areas as well. These antennas are growing in popularity due to the launch of satellite dish TV. As a matter of fact, these antennas have a lot of other significant applications.

Parabolic antennas are defined as antennas that make use of curved surfaces or parabolic reflectors with cross-sectional designs for directing radio waves. Usually, these antennas feature dish-like shapes. They have high power and capable of directing radio waves in thin beams or pick up waves in just one direction. In other words, they work like search lights or flashlights.

These high gain antennas are used for point-to-point communication as well. Their high power lets us use them for tons of purposes. For example, they can be deployed for microwave radio relay links, meaning they are capable of sending or receiving radio signals among different cities.

Parabolic Dish Antenna also work as radar antennas, transmitting narrow beams for locating huge objects like guided missiles, airplanes and ships. For satellite, spacecraft and data communication, they are used for WLAN/WAN links.

A Parabolic Dish Antenna comes with a little feed antenna and a metal reflector. The feed antenna is located at the reflector’s focus pointing backwards. Generally, reflectors are metallic surfaces made into parabolic figures. The feed antenna receives radio frequency (RF) currents via transmission line cords from transmitters. Then these currents are transformed into radio waves, which are sent back to the parabolic dish via the feed antenna. Eventually, they are reflected from the dish into beams that are parallel. Incoming waves reflect off the receiving antenna focusing on the feed antenna. So, this process converts the waves into current. Then a radio picks up these waves via a transmission line.

We can categorize parabolic dish antennas based on their shapes. Below is the description of these antennas with different shapes.

Cylindrical antennas: these antennas have reflectors that are curved in one direction and flat in the other. The curved ends of the reflectors are covered with flat plates. The purpose of the covering is to prevent radiation emission from the ends.

Shape beamed antennas: The purpose of these antennas is to generate beams of intended shape. So, they produce wide beams.

Shaped reflectors: Antennas with shaped reflectors are non-cylindrical in shape. Generally, these designs work well in radar antennas.

Shrouded dish: In this shape, a metal shield is connected to the rim of the cylindrical dish. The role of the shield is to protect the antenna against the radiation around the axis of the beam.

Lastly, parabolic antennas are also categorized based on their feeds, such as axial feed, off-axis feed and cassegrain. So, this was a concise description of parabolic dish antenna applications and how these antennas can be broken down into different categories.

Project Management Professionals and the Importance of Communication

If you happen to be new in project management or if perhaps you’ve had a few bad encounters interacting with fellow workers, dealers or customers, invest some time (and undertake an online training) regarding excellent communication skills. It will tremendously enhance your skills, and will certainly pay off in the future.

Connections, rather excellent communication, require a lot more than merely talk. Just what makes an effective communicator? In spite of your current position, may it be the Project Management Professional; the Janitor, or the Chief executive officer, competent communication is a valuable aspect in our way of life.

An effective communicator isn’t just the person who is outgoing and loves to be social that can talk to anybody concerning anything. A great deal of the time these people aren’t really good communicators. They can be so occupied talking they don’t make an effort to actively pay attention and analyze the situation.

Effective Communication is all in Relation to Skills & Technique:

An effective communicator delivers the proper information, at the best time, to the appropriate people, and with the ideal tone. To be able to deliver, an effective communicator is a focused listener and places certain awareness to the occasion. Excellent communicators are innovative and are consistently thinking of the larger picture and the way their behavior, the behavior of other individuals, or an occasion will affect a project, and will have to inform others of the adjustment.

Regardless of whether personally, in writing, or electronically make sure to be distinct and clear. Say exactly what you mean, and also mean the things you say. Recognize who your audience are and also consider how they may understand the information, and how they are going to benefit from it. Another factor to take into account is social differences. Be aware of who you are working with and the social and language limitations that you might encounter.

Your concepts and information should be conveyed clearly, and you also need to understand the specifics that are being presented to you by those you deal with. When you work in this kind of environment, projects function much smoother, since diverse concepts are conveniently expressed.

Do not neglect that communication is a both ways. By knowing and understanding the methods you have to communicate properly, you can well supervise your projects and personnel.

Techniques used in Communication:

The technique of communication preferred plays a significant part as well. If it happens to be complicated or personalized in nature, it will most likely be better delivered verbally. Some other general details might be best left for a group e-mail or by means of a memo.

Whenever you write an e-mail or deliver a memo, remember to present all the background details the recipient requires. Do not make assumptions and use short cuts. Do not just create a quick reference to a previous email or thread of e-mails, and make the recipient dig through all of them. Sometimes, they may not take the time. And, in the event that they do bother, you are losing the efficiency of your message which makes it complicated. Also, they may not find or get all the details you want them to find, which can be an easy way to develop confusion.

Furthermore, refrain from long-winded messages and inadequately typed messages with grammatical and punctuation mistakes and typos. It will definitely reduce the quality of your work and portrays the message in bad light. You certainly will be shown more respect from being known for presenting a well-crafted, concise document.

What If the Corporation Tells You to Lie in a Disclaimer?

It has been a long time since I wrote here at this page, and yet, it seems to be just at the right time.

This article is about disclaimers. We’ve all seen the disclaimers, on the back of the product packages, and on television commercials, and sometimes even in the oddest of places, like on plastic bags – disclaimers that say silly things like, “do not put over your head”. Duh, so who’s going to do that anyway?

For the most part, the majority of disclaimers are simply tools that corporations and that lawyers use to make sure that if someone sues, they don’t get harmed or they can get away with claiming innocence.

Yet, some disclaimers are needed, and some make sense and some are quite helpful. So, how does one distinguish between the ordinary, useful disclaimers and the ones that are, so obviously, lawyer’s tools and corporations’ tools to simply stop you from having recourse after one of their products or services has really harmed you? How do you decide which disclaimers are important and which are just plain annoying, and a waste of time, and space and, in many cases, a waste of good human energy?

Or does it really make a difference if we distinguish them, separate them or not? Only you know the answer to that question.

I am writing this article to bring attention, to you, and to the public, the new use of ‘specifically-worded’ disclaimers that are now being demanded for display on some community access channels, and shows. The disclaimer for television is not a real problem. Many producers put disclaimers on their shows, without even being asked to do so.

The huge problem for the latest development in community access television corporations is that ‘specifically-worded’ disclaimer. That’s it — the “specific words”. And when I read the specific disclaimer, I saw, quite quickly, that it simply wasn’t the truth.

So, I ask you. Can a corporation demand that you lie on television (if the disclaimer is obviously not the truth) and if you don’t agree to the lie, can the corporation or the Board of Directors or the boss say that you can not air your show on community television?

Good question!

While I am not sure that I can answer this question directly, I’m pretty sure that I can answer the question by a process of elimination technique. I’ll try that here.

So, by process of elimination, I’ll say that for the most part, on many of the community access television shows, there usually is, more than one person, sometimes as many as four or five guests on the show or four or five “talents” on the show. And, if you think about this logically, you have to know that all those people do not have identical ideas and probably not talking about identical problems or issues.

One guest on the show could be an author, while another guest could be a singer, and another guest could be a folk-song writer, and one guest could be a lawyer. Yes, all those guests can be on one single community access television show. And then there is the Executive Producer. So with the specifically-worded disclaimer notice, it states that the opinions you hear on the show are “solely” of the Producer. And that clearly could not be the truth. There are many times in a show when an Executive Producer can or does invite someone to the show that has a different or even opposite opinion than the guest(s) might have.

So, a more appropriate disclaimer, a more truthful disclaimer might be worded like this, “Disclaimer: The opinions on this show are not the opinions of staff or admin. but they are the opinions / facts of the Executive Producer or of the guests, host or talent on this episode”.

Now, that’s honest, and that’s more truthful and that’s way more acceptable than the other cookie-cutter disclaimer that isn’t truthful.

Yet, in a particular community access studio, the other “specifically worded” disclaimer that doesn’t always represent the truth, is the disclaimer that is being pushed by (some in) the corporation.

Even a member of the Board of Directors has stated that the show will not be aired without the proper (specifically-worded) disclaimer.

So, what does an Executive Producer do, in this case, when the Producer wants to promote a true disclaimer, one that is more accurate than the mis-statement of the ‘specifically -worded’ disclaimer?

Producers’ choices are either:

  1. Say the lie on television (if the show has more than one opinion from various persons), to have their own show aired.
  2. Not put the specifically-worded disclaimer and as a result of that not have the Producer’s show aired on community access television.
  3. Produce the shows somewhere else, in a place that is not requiring the producers to lie on air.
  4. Stop creating television shows.
  5. Wait until the lawyers have their meeting and see what the outcome of the meeting is -regarding the disclaimer notice.
  6. Do the research and the footwork that will come up with better answers than the above answers.

And there are other solutions also, when one really thinks about it. But those are the most obvious solutions, for now.

Causes of Miscommunication

Communication is the key to almost everything a human does. Emotions, gestures along with feelings are needed to be communicated and it is due to this communication only that the sender sends and the receiver receives the messages. But the accuracy of the messages received and messages that are sent solely based on how they are communicated.There were several reasons stated by the experts of miscommunication but there were three basic reasons that almost all the experts covered in their speeches, which become the main reasons for a communication to be misinterpreted. They are as follows:

You Are Here Approach:

This kind of approach might work for mall directories but it normally fails when it is required to explain things. It is commonly observed from writers and narrators that when someone asks them about any particular issue which is generally termed as how-to question, they start answering that question in detail whilst refraining to explain the core concept behind it, what we may call it as the bigger question of why.

Tunnel Vision:

Another reason for being vague or incorrect in any communication is focusing too closely on what you know and where you are heading. For example, everyday while going to work you follow the same path so chances are that after some days your brain start acting like auto pilot, so you actually don’t really pay attention to the details on your way which can be a landmark or the number of turns and so on. But when someone else asks you about the way, they have a broader picture in their minds and in order to navigate them you need to tell them the way with landmarks and number of turns, also they might have an alternative way in their minds. So you should ideally be talking about the expected goal for your presentation and you should also help the person understand what you are trying to tell him.

Too Much Detail:

Too much detail can also be very confusing at times. Imagine you are travelling on a highway and your Google maps say turn right. How good it would be if there is only one road turning right, but what if the road turning right splits in to six lanes? Which lane would you choose then? Similarly a listener has also various chances to get lost and it mostly happens when they are overloaded with too much information. Therefore the communicator should always stick to telling only the most necessary information while communicating, keeps the entire communication interesting and fruitful.

Communication is the key to almost everything a human does. Emotions, gestures along with feelings are needed to be communicated and it is due to this communication only that the sender sends and the receiver receives the messages.

Speaking Tips: The Art and Craft of Oral Storytelling Part Three

Building a Storytelling Vocabulary

Sharpen the tools of the mind – your word usage.

One way to do this is to buy yourself a book of Synonyms and Antonyms. No, don’t rely on a computer program on your PC. These words must be affixed in your memory banks not your computer’s. They need be words that you have practiced in some way to make them your own. You may have done this by writing them into a sentence or three, so that you have actually used them before.

Why Synonyms? Most people need to expand their vocabulary so that it goes from a certain coarseness to one of smoother grain, one of subtlety. Take a look at these words.

Gleam, glisten glint, glow, shine, shimmer. All refer to the way an object might be perceived by the eye but there are subtle differences. Learn them. Practice using them all.

Another word with an enormous amount of synonyms is big. We have large, enormous, gigantic, huge, massive, gargantuan, colossal, immense – and great -which is generally done to death. So use all of them instead of just big or great.

One could also generalize and say that the word ‘great’ is a lazy person’s word, used for multiple purposes. It’s over use really does detract.

Variety is ‘the spice of life’ when it comes to listening.

In a presentation, if the same adjective is used over and over again it starts to ring in the listener’s ear. The thought occurs: “Is this the only word the speaker knows to describe this?” and once such a thought arises, being absorbed is lost. The story goes out the window. I cannot emphasize enough that as speakers and storytellers ‘words are our tools of trade.’ The more we’ve got in our tool boxes, the more adaptable we will be.

Short words produce more power!

Additionally, the shorter the words the more power they convey. A generalization, perhaps, but it is true in most instances. The Greek, Latin, and French words might have a certain ‘pizzas.’ They might indicate an intellectual or highly educated man or woman. They don’t do much for story. Take an example from the famous writer, Ernest Hemingway who, in his story, The Old Man and the Sea, uses sentence after sentence of single-syllable words. This is power!

The Anglo-Saxon and Norse words are the English words you want to add to your vocabulary: Leg, cut, hit, dab, stab, club, ran, fled, plot, plod, clod, plop, clot, clash clank, cliff, cleft, hew.

Build your oral-working vocabulary with short words.

Most of these words are familiar to you – do you use them? Learn as many short, single syllable words as you comfortably can. Three letter words. Then four letter words – no, they’re not all swear words. Yes, most of those are Anglo-Saxon. And haven’t you noticed how so many long words are deliberately shortened nowadays? Information becomes info, policeman, cop, and psychiatrist, shrink. We like short words!

Devise a system to learn short words. Don’t overdo it and say, “I’m going to learn fifty a week.” Learn two or three in a week. After a year or to you will have many more colorful and useful words to draw on. And as the years go by you’ll add more. One thing about Public Speaking or Storytelling, generally the older we get the better we get. Like Creative Writing it is probably one of the few fields of endeavor where we never get ‘beyond it.’ Discounting medical conditions such as senility and Alzheimer’s of course. We are better at eighty than we were at forty. So give yourself time to become that Master Storyteller you are perhaps envisioning now.

So how can we develop our preparedness? How can we ready ourselves so that what is held within will ignite into a spark, then a flame, then a conflagration? By having plenty of highly combustible fuel. And what is this fuel? It is plenty of useful knowledge that can be mixed, molded, blended and fabricated within in minds. It was not without a great deal of forethought that the famous Scottish philosopher, Thomas Carlisle pronounced,

“The man is most original who can adapt from the greatest number of resources.”

What Carlisle was getting at is that the more widely versed we are the greater our chances of coming up with new ideas. He was inferring that we should study widely rather than specialize in narrow fields of endeavor. If you look at the great inventions of the world you will see that many of them were discovered or invented by people who were not within the particular field to which that invention might apply. Alexander Graham Bell was a Vocal Physiologist not a technician or engineer. Samuel Morse was primarily an artist, a painter. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were bicycle mechanics.

If you have studied, say, Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, Engineering and Zoology you’ll probably have a much wider data bank for your subconscious to work on than if you spent your entire life studying Medicine. Chances are you’d be the one to come up with the medical breakthroughs (even if it did upset The Establishment) rather than the medical specialist.

Now you may not be an intellectual or a ‘boffin,’ but you do have the opportunity to study widely throughout your life, if only by reading widely. And it is this reading widely that will provide the fuel that will be ignited by the spark of intent. With the knowledge there, you’re only awaiting intuition to tell you when the time is right.

The right sort of reading will help you as a storyteller.

If you want to become a really good storyteller but have been stuck, or are stuck, in what you consider a rather boring, humdrum life, read widely. Escape into story. Most of us escape into the visual stories presented on popular television every day. Change just a little of this by escaping into written story. That way you are in a far more active state. You are creating from the stories you read with pictures in your mind. As I said, you’ll be in an active rather than the passive state of watching television.

I believe it to be no accident that those who were born before the advent of popular television in the home are much more imaginative and enjoying of oral storytelling than our younger generations. Older people were brought up on a diet of radio plays and variety shows where voices and sound effects came over the airwaves for them to create the pictures in their own minds. However, we all realize that we will not be returning to those days. Yet it is possible to get stories that can be read or heard, rather than viewed. Go for them! Grab CDs in which they feature. Put ’em on your iPod.

How to Practice Delivery.

Once again it gets around to the written word and reading. Here, you practice reading out aloud. You read in such a way that your words are clear. You read in such a way that the pauses are apt. You read in such a way that the meaning of the story rather than just the information is conveyed. You tape it. You play it back. You time it. You tape it again. You play it back. You time it.

If you want to go a bit further and develop the voice you’d like to have to deliver stories, you practice voice exercises to extend the range of your voice. If you’ve been blessed with a beautiful voice, then use it to effect. If you feel you’d like to improve, then get to work with those voice exercises. There are lots of books out there which will tell you how to do this.

Telling the story.

Once you have commenced the story do not stop until it is finished. No asides that will take your audience away from the continuity; no explanations about why this particular part is as it is. The audience doesn’t want a description of how you put the yarn together, or where you picked up a particular piece of information. If you stop the continuity it spoils it for your listener. As you speak he or she is gradually building up a picture of events. They could well be creating the ‘personality and character’ of the story’s hero in their minds by the words you are saying.

Remember, these are their creations, and if the audience comprises a hundred people there will be a hundred slightly different heroes in those minds. It’s a matter of semantics. Is the ‘dog’ a Kelpie, a German Shepherd, a Border Collie or Jack Russell Terrier. They’re still working on that as you proceed.

Audience participation.

That said, if the aside does not in any way detract but rather enhances the comprehension of the listener by all means use it. For example, in my story about a pilotless aero plane over Sydney, The Runaway Auster, I stop and ask if anyone here has noticed that when they have a car accident how the tow trucks arrive almost as if by magic. This is not only humorous but allows the story to jump to how the News Media find out about the situation without me going into a long rigmarole.

What if you’re telling a series of stories?

In my own repertoire of stories I have yarns which go for anything from five to fifty minutes. On some occasions, particularly when one has to do some quick adjusting because my time slot has been reduced, I might switch to a shorter story (provided they haven’t heard it before) or a number of short stories. If I do this, I take the advice of the professional comedians. I use three, or five – an odd number. More often than not, three. The shortest one often goes in the middle. I present my second best story first, the weakest second, my best last.

Best? What’s this best?

It depends upon the audience. I determine in which order I think the audience will warm to the stories I tell. For example, if the audience is made up of both men and women, I tell a story which would appeal to both sexes first. The second might be aimed at the men in the audience, the final one at the women.

I generally tend to tell a story that is well practiced first up. It is very important to win the audience early. The stories that might be less familiar to me, maybe a little controversial, and have more of a message rather than entertainment value might be placed in the middle. The last story is generally one aimed at their heartstrings. Not always, of course. But this is a general practice. You are, in a way, putting on a show.

If you have stories which have religious connotations don’t present one of them first. The audience could well decide that you’ve come along to preach. By all means use these stories if you have them, but use them sparingly and after your audience have ‘sassed you out’ and warmed to you. This does not apply, of course, if you are speaking to a Church Group. They’ll probably love those stories with a religious flavor.

You forget something in your story

Don’t worry about it. Unless it is essential to the plot nobody will ever know. It’s your story after all Just carry on. Don’t apologize and then try to include it. That will make for awkwardness and a feeling of it being contrived.

It is essential to the plot?

Then work it back into the story in way with a phrase such. “But what had happened earlier,” or “As it happened at that time a… ” or some such. I’ve done that before today. However, you need to be so familiar with the story that you can do this and no one will ever notice that ‘you went back to put in something essential.’

You get an interruption.

The microphone fails. An alarm goes off in the building. Once again, if you know your repertoire of stories backward, so to speak, as soon as the fault is rectified you go back a sentence or two from where the interruption occurred and carry on. Don’t leave the story half-way through and start a new one. Finish the story.

Understanding The Document Translation Process

To keep up with the fast improving standard of global competition you must be able to communicate your brands using the native tongue of your target consumers. Language is a very dominant and influential tool in delivering a strong, informative and persuasive message. Make a big mess of it and you will destroy the potential of communication to effectively win over as many consumers as possible.

A sophisticated website and well written content are not enough if the language is not translated to the local language of your market. Creative pamphlets or flyers will be useless if the people who receive it don’t understand its message. Translate it to their mother tongue and there’s a bigger chance that it will convince a good number of them. However, document translation is not as easy and simple as many think. You can’t just convert a line word by word. Some languages have inimitable words and structures that don’t have the exact counterpart into other languages. Therefore in translating documents or web contents, you need the expertise of document translation services. Such services provide professional and efficient translations that are accurate both in technical and cultural aspects of a particular language.

Why is it so important to get a document translation service?

When your business and your brand name that are at stake, you can never go wrong with your publicity materials as well as with the rest of your business documents. Poorly translated papers and misapprehended ads will powerfully reflect on your company’s image and it will certainly not help you at all to go international or global. Aside from the fact that it is quite embarrassing, incorrect translation can lead to a downright upheaval for your brand name.

You need the professional document translation service to guarantee a precise translation of one language to another. Language translation services have mastered various local languages and culture. Also, they never lack the specialists in wide range of fields from Science, Medicine, Law, Finances, Business, Agriculture, Fashion, and all other else fields along with their respective list technical terms.

Document translation services have high-tech tools that make translation more accurate and more convenient for both the clients and the translation provider. As client, you’ll surely want to be hands-on in the process of document translation. Therefore, through the cutting edge technology, the translators and proofreaders can do simultaneous collaboration with their clients while the translation is on the midst of process.

Get Started With Live Broadcasting Over the Web

The rapid and continual revolution of modern technology supplies a compact solution for our daily living, in this way making our lives more comfortable. The internet is a big part of our modern technology, and could be termed the most powerful invention of the century due to its intelligent way of global interaction. With the presence of the internet, users can use VoIP service for online calls and can attach and send important documents like videos, presentations and other types of useful data with great ease, but one of the most useful additions of the internet is its live streaming capabilities. Video Streaming allows end users to view live events and content instantaneously in a real time session. The use of camera enables the capturing of high quality videos for use as a broadcast via the internet.

What Is It Necessary for a Live Broadcast Stream?

The following are the major requirements for a live broadcast stream as specified below.

For a broadcaster:

• A video camera to capture all the important events to share.

• Microphone to express and capture sound.

• A computer along with internet connection to process all captured content.

For the spectator:

• A reliable internet connection to receive the live broadcast stream. The speed of the internet can vary between 700 Kbps to 2 Mbps for standard definition and high definition qualities, respectively.

• A browser that enables users to navigate the World Wide Web and to view files. Internet explorer, Opera, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are example of browsers that can be used.

Live Broadcast Stream Components

Video streaming and broadcasting technology has been subject to a large amount of transformation over the years. However, the uses of certain broadcasting products have remained the same and are essential to the effective operation of the video broadcast. These include, the use of a webcasting platform, reliable streaming software that can multi process the streaming parameters, and a streaming technician to configure all the working processes for a more effective, accurate and quality result.

How Does the Video Stream Technology Work for Us?

It is really amazing how thousands of people can simultaneously watch a single video at one time. Video hosting sites and providers make this possible with the best multicasting performance capabilities. Compressing or digitizing signals through encoders for quick means of transmission so the streamed content can be viewed live instantly through use of the internet. In an exceptional and life changing way, live broadcasting technology is the most effective solution to reaching large numbers of viewers all around the world, regardless of time or place.

How To Improve Communication And Have A Successful Marriage

Improved communication is the key to having a very successful marriage. If you are currently experiencing frequent problems with your spouse then you should attempt to remedy the situation by learning how to improve communication between the two of you. You’ll find that life becomes a whole lot better when the two of you are able to express your requirements clearly to each other using the following tips:

• Always be ready to listen to your spouse. This will set the tone for your mutual interaction and ensure that both parties can get their point of view across. You have to practice this consistently and be genuine about it, even if the subject in question doesn’t interest you very much. This will also help you understand your spouse very well.

• Keep time for each other or else you will not have the opportunity to express all of your thoughts and needs: It is very easy for people to neglect the needs of their spouses, especially if there are many different things that demand their attention. If you have kids then you should definitely ensure that they do not take up all of your spare time. You should also turn the television set off when talking to your spouse. Furthermore, don’t let your cell phone or lap top come in the way of your attempts at communication.

• Don’t hold back on any information. If you give lots of information about day to day activities as well as long term plans then your spouse can also make plans accordingly. Many domestic problems arise because of wrong or insufficient information. Get into the habit of writing notes to each other, either electronically or physically, so that important information doesn’t go astray.

• Do not let social media take over all your free time. It is easy to give all your attention to these sites at the expense off your spouse. In addition, you should make sure that your spouse’s profile is linked to yours so that there is complete transparency of your online activities. It is best to be completely open about your friendships so that there is no scope for mis-communication.

• Fight in a clean manner if you really have to get into an argument. This means that you should avoid making personal comments or issuing threats. If you fight unfairly then there will be lots of residual bad feelings long after the fight has been resolved.

The secret to a happy married life definitely lies in learning how to improve communication.

How to Best Communicate Online

When you’re speaking to someone face to face, it’s easy to understand what they’re saying. After all, we don’t only speak with our mouths; we actually communicate using our bodies too. When face to face, you can read someone’s hand gestures, body language, tone of voice and facial expressions. All of this makes it very easy to understand what the person is saying.

Online it’s a whole different ballgame. When you’re communicating with someone via email, forums or even webcasts it’s not always so easy. You can’t after all read any of the above mentioned expressions.

However, by following a few simple rules you can make communicating on the net a whole lot easier.

  • Write clearly. It’s often difficult to write down what is actually quite easy to say. But writing in a long-winded way can be confusing to the reader. Instead, think about what you mean to say and write in short, clear sentences. Sentences dotted with punctuation can be read in a variety of ways and may confuse the reader – again, stick to short, clear sentences.

It also helps to close your message with a little humor or other “nicety.” This will help stop your overall message from appearing dry. It’s very easy for people to confuse direct and to the point with brashness when reading.

  • Learn netiquette. Online there are different rules of politeness. Did you know that writing in all capitals means your shouting? This is an easy mistake for a novice to make and one you’ll want to avoid.

Also, using too many exclamation marks can make your message appear irrational or a bit over the top, too. And on the other hand, very overly direct sentences without the use of humor may appear harsh or unemotional. Try to strike the balance between using expressive punctuation like exclamation marks and not using them at all.You can also use emoticons online to express how you’re feeling – a happy face at the end of a direct message can make a big difference to the overall impression of the reader. However, if you’re writing in a more professional manner or would like your message to be taken seriously, too many emoticons, such as happy faces, may make you appear unprofessional or someone not to be taken seriously. Again, it’s all about striking the right balance.

  • Explain yourself. Particularly when dealing with colleagues and subcontractors it’s important for them to know right from the start that when you’re writing a business message you may do so in a very direct way. Ask them not to take it to mean anything other than what is written on the message.

This is a particularly effective strategy when dealing with virtual helpers such as writers or VAs. You simply may not have time to include a chatty message with each and every email. Explain that your direct messages don’t mean that you’re upset or anything – you’re just communicating about the job at hand.These three rules will hopefully help you avoid many pitfalls of online communication. It also helps to keep in mind that sometimes you may read a message differently to what the writer intended. It’s always best to approach these situations with caution by simply asking the writer to please explain what they meant. The worst thing to do would be to go in all guns blazing and then realizing that you actually misunderstood their message – oops.

Communication Woes

The communication flow within same age group is always natural and comfortable. There is invariably a communication gap between parents and married children. However there is no communication gap between siblings, although they may not enjoy harmony in their relationship. Children avoid sharing communication with those parents, who are ever ready to offer unsolicited suggestions. They start hiding information from parents. Spouses may accept suggestions from respective parents, but resent the same from in-laws. Parents must respect the privacy of their children’s families. An optimum, balanced communication between married children and old parents is a coveted goal for all of us.

To communicate or not

My son has gone abroad, with his family, for a week.

When did he go?

He didn’t tell me.

When will he be back?

He didn’t tell me.

I am unable to contact him, on his mobile.

It is switched off.

He isn’t responding to my e-mails.

He isn’t responding on ‘Skype’.

How to communicate with him!

I am frustrated.

How could he be so casual?

No news, for 3 days!

I am worried for him.

Does it solve the problem?

It doesn’t.

Yet, I feel satisfied, having done my duty.

Expectations

My father is very old, and is not too well.

My son does enquire about his health.

Still I feel lonely, thinking of my father, and nursing him.

I want to share my father’s memories with my son.

There is a generation gap.

I realize: my father is not an immediate family member for my son.

Me and my siblings share the childhood memories of our father.

Sharing communication!

My son may be having his own priorities in life.

He is entitled to his family’s privacy.

He may not like to share his privacy.

As a parent, I am worried about him.

God bless his family, with all safety, and security.

Only God can look after our welfare

We can look after our family, when God blesses us.

My son is grown up.

He is gone with his family.

If something goes wrong there, what can I do?

Can I prevent?

Can I help?

I can only worry.

Do animals behave better?

They groom the cubs for self-reliance.

Then, they wash off their hands from ‘baby care’, and they live on their own.

Only God can look after His creation.

When will human beings shed ‘attachment’?

Let’s learn from animals.

They trust God, to look after His creations.

We have trust deficit.

We indulge in the unproductive luxury of worrying for our children, and grandchildren.