May 8

Send Text Message or Talk in Person?

Send Text Message or Talk in Person?

By Deborah Johnson

May 8, 2017

Fear, Goals, healthy habits, personal development

Short Codes Gone Bad

Should you send a text message or talk in person?Beware of short codes and shortcuts! (the term used here to imply short codes) You have shallow relationships, you’re disconnected, take unneeded shortcuts, skip important details. You’re overwhelmed with short-codes such as bit-ly and text abbreviations.

The first time you used bit-ly, you clicked on the same link ten times in a row by mistake instead of copying and pasting the link. Now, you think you’re back in brain hack #2, Groundhog Day. You tried a text abbreviation and it spelled sex abbreviation and was sent to your entire list of contacts. You were then overwhelmed with hundreds of messages asking you to connect.


You’re now wondering if you should change your business model according to the multiple messages you’re receiving that sound interesting and intriguing. You start messaging full-time and wonder why you have no time for work or life anymore, even with short-codes. This is truly a scenario where short codes have gone bad.

Some Solutions

Welcome to the 21st century. Spend some time studying the benefits of technology, including the correct use of short-codes. To learn what you need to know look online. There are many sources that will help you.

A couple suggestions for using short codes in your website: Don’t use short codes in every post or blog-you may end up with an editing nightmare later. Always proofread what you post and if you are truly into using short codes, take a course to fully understand how they are used in the coding world.

Skip the short-codes with a friend. Pick up the phone or drive over to meet in person. It will do you good to see a live human. Practice talking in complete sentences before you forget. Always proofread your short-codes and your text messages. You might be surprised at what you almost send.


So many try to take shortcuts in developing relationships and end up lonely and isolated. Take the time to develop true, honest friendships and be a friend to yourself first! Then look to encourage or help someone else to get beyond the feeling of isolation.

Stay on Track!

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DEBORAH JOHNSON: Helping others Get Unstuck with Healthy Mental Code. Speaking, Concerts, In-Depth Workshops. Most recent book Bad Code: Overcoming Bad Mental Code That Sabotages Your LifeYou can reach Deborah the following ways: Twitter: @DJWorksMusic; YouTube:; Facebook:; Websites:;

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About the author

DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A., creator of Hero Mountain® and former president of Los Angeles National Speakers Association, is an international award-winning music artist, author, speaker and National Media Commentator. She also hosts the popular podcast "Women at Halftime." Deborah provides tools to create your ideal lifestyle and work at mid-career or during the halftime of life, getting unstuck. You can live your second half fulfilled, focused and free! Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economy. She is also the recipient of the Women's Economic Forum Exceptional Women of Excellence Award. Deborah is the author of multiple books, over twenty albums and musicals and speaks and performs in both live and virtual events.

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