Should You Call Or Email People?

What should you do when you want to communicate with someone?

Phone calls are widely considered disruptive but email is overloaded, so there's problems using either of them.

I am curious what you prefer both for receiving and reaching out to others.

For me, if it is a simple technical issue / question, email is best. If it is a broader one, I prefer someone start a discussion so I can share it with / get feedback from others.

However, email drains me. There's so much of it and I never get enough time to answer everything. To that end, I am ok with people emailing multiple times about the same thing but many times, old emails just get buried.

I do, though, like to speak on the phone, especially if it is someone who knows about inside stuff going on in the industry. It allows for a little give and take about what's happening.

Ok, how about you? Your preferences? Your best tactics reaching out to others?

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Text - If you want an immediate response or a very quick simple message or simple message conversations like "ETA" or "Where you at" "Up for lunch".

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Phone - Use only if the message is too complex for words or if it is an emergency/hot button issue. Truthfully, I hate when people leave me a voicemail when I can see I missed a call from them or they could simply text me to call them when I get a chance. I suffer from the 1st world problem of being too lazy to listen to my VM if I know who called. I can probably thank people who drag out conversations for minutes instead of just telling you the main point up front in the VM.

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