I follow the social media guru, Linda Coles on Linked In. She is always sending out notes and information and today she sent out a post talking about 'digital body language.' I read her post today and immediately wanted to share it via my networks as the content has a significant resonance with digital citizenship and how students should behave online. I really liked her use of the term 'digital body language.' You can see her check list of appropriate positive body language actions below:
- Do use a greeting and sign off with your name included.
- Follow Dale Carnegie’s advice and always use the other persons’ name when addressing them.
- Don’t use all capital letters; it’s the digital equivalent of shouting at someone.
- Respond to connection requests with a brief “nice to meet you” message just as you would if meeting someone offline.
- Do get back to those that have made the effort to reach out to you digitally. You wouldn’t ignore them in person.
- Watch your spelling and grammar. It really is your digital body language so make it top notch.
- Avoid lots of exclamation marks, you look angry !!!!!
- Use the smiley face icons to help the reader understand your tone.