Kevin Mandel

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Kevin Mandel
Posted about 1 year ago
What specific things do you believe generate the most positive responses to comments in TED conversations.
One of the most effective ways of communicating with (especially) strangers, i find is is not by speaking, but by listening carefully to what THEY have to say. This is often the best indication of how they percieve the question or comment. We all hear and read things differently, and occasionally might need to 'translate' even within the same language. I'm Irish and english is my fist language, however very simple statements can mean very different things....... If you were to say to somebody in the west of Ireland (as happened recently with some visitors from New York)....... 'Any Crack? Have you got a Fag?' The response here (Ireland) might be 'Ah we had a great time in the pub last night and no sorry I don't smoke..........I imagine the response in New York might be a little different........ And If your second name is 'Lange'r and your visiting Cork be prepared for childish titters every time you tell someone your name.....You'll have to check that one for yourselves..... Some people are better at multi-tasking than others but nobody can speak and listen at the same time.....:) I do believe there is also some research in the business world to show that appropriate use of emoticons can have a marked effect on deals done through e-mail....
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Kevin Mandel
Posted about 1 year ago
What specific things do you believe generate the most positive responses to comments in TED conversations.
I would argue that every single response to any post has some kind of 'Positive' element to it. What I mean is that if a person takes the time to even simply click once on a thumbs up.....or down, that in itself means the post they are replying to has in some way provoked said response, thus supplying some researcher or reader with valuable data. How boring and pretty much usless would any conversation be if somebody said something and nobody replied in any way at all.