Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Much obliged. No obligation. Honestly.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If reading is the end to writing, we're just about to complete the cycle of the printed word. And, for that, I am grateful. Some polite folk might say, "Much obliged."

You probably linked yourself to my blog by clicking on the appropriate portion of my web site, and that leads me to the "no obligation" segment of this entry's title. It speaks to one of the three main themes of my web site. Along with the theme of improving quality of life through improved communication skills, and an encapsulation of my Speech-Language Pathology Practice, there appears the recurring invitation to call for a free, friendly, no obligation telephone consultation. And, finally, we are led to the last element of today's title, "honestly." I honestly mean all of what that theme statement implies.

I have been providing counsel, imparting information, allaying fears, drying tears and, generally, answering questions and doling out advice over the phone for thirty five years. It is most often appreciated by the caller. But, how do you get the public to believe that you are available to them with absolutely no obligation on their part to "sign on the dotted line", so to speak, simply because we will have talked for a while? For three and a half decades I have been able to project this absence of pressure through an honest, caring and gentle tone, while addressing those countless thousands who have called for a myriad of reasons. I have never been tempted to use whatever the speech therapy version of, "what do I have to do to put you in a car today?" might be. I simply listen and advise.

Yet, in all my years of extending this form of community service to those in need by taking the time to give my neighbors whatever help can be administered through a telephone call, I have never devised the most effective wording for conveying the message of, "yes, I will; honestly" regarding my offer to listen and confer.

It may seem ironic for a speech and language professional to be at a loss for proper phraseology but, with one large gulp, I will swallow my pride and admit that the magic formula for expressing my sincerity in this matter continues to allude me. Perhaps the world has become too skeptical.

So, to you, my readers and web site visitors, allow me to postulate that you have a need to converse with someone of my profession. And, let me make you a promise which is true for all who seek to "pick my brain". Call me. It's free, it's friendly, it's completely without obligation, and will be of the highest professional standard.

If you haven't reached this blog through my web site, please visit it at www.felixmdipalma.com.
You'll probably learn at least one thing you never knew. Honestly.

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