Re: Expired Listings “how to?” - Posted by Jim Kennedy - Houston, TX
Posted by Jim Kennedy - Houston, TX on May 13, 2000 at 10:49:13:
I had started drafting this post as a response to Allen, but I see that the newsgroup editor has already deleted Allen’s posts. Hopefully Allen will be able to read this.
NO ONE is perfect. Perhaps John’s intention was to convey some levity in his effort to help Jim recognize his error. When I first read John’s post, I didn’t perceive any malicious intent. Upon re-reading it, I truly can’t tell if he meant to be critical or simply helpful, so I choose to believe he was NOT trying to be critical, condescending, or mean-spirited. Nor did I perceive any rudeness in Soraya’s opening sentence. It seemed very straightforward to me. Again, upon re-reading it, I can’t tell if she meant to be rude or not, so I choose to believe she was NOT trying to be rude.
Often times it is challenging for one to express one’s tone using the written word. The reader does not have the benefit of hearing the author’s tone of voice or seeing the author’s facial expressions. Not too long ago, I sent some private e-mail messages to some folks who had posted on this newsgroup. The posters are all REALTORS®, and had spelled the term correctly but had not used the correct format. In an effort to be helpful, I referred each REALTOR® to a website that outlines the proper use of the REALTOR® designation. One of the REALTORS® thought my message was rude when in fact, I was simply trying to be helpful. I went back and re-read my original message and could not detect even a hint of rudeness, but apparently the REALTOR® read it that way. My INTENTION was certainly NOT to be rude. In fact, when I drafted the original message, I had tried to word it so that the reader would perceive it as friendly and helpful. Obviously I failed in my attempt to convey the spirit of my message to at least one person.
By the way, according to page 226 in my dog-eared copy of Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, while “develop” is the preferred spelling, “develope” is nevertheless an acceptable spelling.
Best of Success!! from the less than perfect . . .