Is the exclamation point dead or just wounded?

Since my headlong plunge into ‘business media’ via LinkedIn and the invasion of a band of summer interns, one of the most important things I’ve discovered is that there are some people – well, a lot of people – who seem to feel the exclamation point is often overused. And a mirror’s been held to my face.  Guilty as charged!  I mean, Guilty.  Period.

Attitude for me has always been the most important aspect of a business relationship.  As long as we’re both positive, or at least constructive and moving forward, then things get done.  As Stevie Wonder said, ” ‘Cause when you’re livin’ in the positive, your destination is the brightest stah-ah-ar.”*  The exclamation point has always been a way for me to say, “I’m loving this business thing.  It’s fun.”   I can see now how, with the right word choices, the exclamation point can actually get in the way of the message.

So let’s say good-bye to some of the heavy punctuation and start assuming a positive attitude is present in each of us doing the business of a Smarter Planet. Though I feel I am losing something, I think I’m communicating a bit better.  And that’s what really matters, right?  Can I get an amen?!

Stevie Wonder – Masterblaster MP3


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