Before You Hit Send: Preventing Headache & Heartache
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With all of the communication methods we have at our fingertips today---from e-mail to text messages and social media---misunderstandings are a common problem. Exploring the four questions we should consider before we speak or type, Dr. Eggerichs helps us identify our pitfalls and alter our approach so that people don't misinterpret what we're trying to convey. 240 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0718094263
ISBN-13: 9780718094263

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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 of 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 e-mail 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?

Author Bio

Emerson Eggerichs, PhD, is an internationally known communication expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Love & Respect.  Just as Dr. Eggerichs transformed millions of marital relationships with a biblical understanding of love and respect, he also turned these principles to one of the most important relationships of all in Mother & Son:  The Respect Effect.  As a communication expert, Emerson has also spoken to groups such as the NFL, NBA, PGA, US Navy SEALs and members of Congress. He was the senior pastor of Trinity Church in East Lansing, Michigan for almost twenty years.  Emerson holds a PhD in child and family ecology from Michigan State University, a BA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College, an MA in communications from Wheaton College Graduate School, and an MDiv from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sarah have been married since 1973 and have three adult children.

 

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    Ouch.

    This is how Id sum up Before You Hit Send. I cant express how timely this book is.

    Is it true?

    Is it kind?

    Is it necessary?

    Is it clear?

    This book is compact with wisdom on how to communicate effectively with the above four questions in mind. Do you ask yourselves these questions before you hit send? Words are powerful and the way we communicate matters. Thinking before we speak should be a habit led wholly by the Holy Spirit.

    Before You Hit Send is best read slowly and be ready to be convicted. So much of our life is consumed with information and interaction. Ive found myself thinking before I speak more carefully after reading this book. No one will get it 100% right, but this book is a helpful guide.

    This wasnt in my top five favorite books of the year, but it was definitely useful.

    If you struggle with any area of healthy communication, this book is recommended.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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