Director’s Desk: Communication That Matters Most

May 2009
by Terry Nathan

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Terry-Nathan2A friend of mine died a couple of weeks ago. He was only 46.

Doug was the friendliest person I have ever known. I met him in ninth grade, and that summer I was tucked into the back of his family’s station wagon on a month-long trip up the coast of California, through Oregon, and on to the northern tip of Washington. What a memorable trip that was, and what a memorable friendship we had!

Doug never owned a computer, never sent an email, and was certainly never on Facebook. He was one of those people who would come over unannounced, huge smile on his face, arms open wide. Everyone remembered Doug, even if they had met him just once. It came as no surprise to me when I showed up on the beach to attend his service that close to 300 of his friends were already there. As I listened to friend after friend share their wonderful memories, I thought, This is what it’s all about—getting together, face to face.

Now, you may be wondering why I’m telling you this. It’s because technology is moving faster than the speed of light, and, in my opinion, we are all far too reliant on email and the other interactions i…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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