Written by: Kirsten Frey; Transitions Life Coaching
I have a confession.
I am an emoji super-fan. Yup, that’s me!🙋🏻♀️
I never use them in professional communications but when it comes to my personal communications, get ready ’cause here they come!😁
Some people may think they’re silly, frivolous, and a waste of time, but I like them for the fun factor and think it makes my texts or emails more personal.
In our age of advanced technology where there are quick connections via email, text, and the various social media sites…it sometimes feels like we are all less connected than ever before. Typed communication loses a lot in translation. There’s no volume, tone, gestures, nuances of body language or facial expressions. So many opportunities to be misunderstood😳
This happens most often with my 20-year old son. He lives eight months of the year at university and it is never more clear how easy it can be to be misunderstood via text than with him! I rarely have this issue with anyone else but with him, it’s not uncommon. I’ll text a message with one thing in mind and he’ll read it and interpret it completely differently, through his own perception. Using emojis helps communicate my feeling or tone around the message and I find we have fewer misunderstandings as a result.🤗
I love my Bitmoji!❤️ This is the app where you can customize a cartoon version of yourself. It’s great for friends and family you don’t get to see often…like a fun version of you sending the message. You can see some of the ones I send regularly here. I can even choose my Bitmoji’s wardrobe (which is far more extensive than mine😜) As you can see I’m currently attired in a Toronto Raptors jersey since our team is in the playoffs…GO RAPS!!🏀🇨🇦