Monday, April 2, 2012

What’s Your Point?



We’re all trying to communicate something. My point (ha!) today is that is pays to figure out what mode or style of communication we use to convey messages to the world. Whether it’s tied to our personalities or methods that have been modeled most often to us, it’s likely we readily engage in a routine form of expression.

Leading me to the big question of the hour…what’s your point?

Ballpoint
Known to prefer writing to speaking, the ballpoint believes in the permanence of words—the value of expression on the page.

Point of Honor
Looking out for numero uno, this person tries to come off spit and polished, a Jack or Jill of all trades when it comes to well, just about everything.

Pointer
According to Webster’s, this breed is “characterized by its assumption of the classic stance…” translating to the one who chooses the safe thing to say, dancing around confrontation to express primarily what others want to hear. Classic.

Interpoint
The interpoint punctuates their every thought, making sure every notion is understood. They pause before moving on.

*pause*

Point Break
Seen the movie? A laid back, casual form of expression. Surf’s up, Keanu-style.

Point Guard
This individual directs or sets up conversation. They ask a lot of questions and love to experience the brilliant exchange of thoughts and ideas. Slam dunk.

Pinpoint or Knifepoint
What starts as a pin grows to a knife. Words, meant for power and effect, come out of the knifepoint like tiny shards of glass, morphing into pointed daggers. Wounding.

Point of View
The POV communicator is always assessing where others are coming from. Self-reflective, empathetic, and intuitive, this well-read (ha!) person immerses themselves in a deeper understanding of information exchange.

Needlepoint
Tease, tease with a little splash of sarcasm.

Match Point
Out to win the conversation, the match point seeks to one-up anyone who’ll humor them by tolerating their 24/7, all topics fair game, competitive nature.

Point of No Return
No filter. Let it all hang out. Diarrhea of the mouth. These terms are all too familiar to the Point of No Return communicator.

Endpoint
“Headlines only.” Only says what’s necessary. Must find solution. Means to AN END!

So…what’s your point?

*Thrilled to be guest posting over at Heather Day Gilbert’s today. Swing by to read about the ABCs of Creating an Engaging Blog
 **photo by stockXCHNG
***sick child at home today. hoping to get around to blogs, but I might be on nurse duty all day...

35 comments:

  1. Wow, very interesting Wendy! I'd like to think of myself as a point of viewer...but I wonder if the ones I know and love best would agree with me. lol

    Very creative post!

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    1. Yeah that POVer is pretty much an ideal for me, too. ;) And the not so little of the littlest ones is feeling better. Not back, but better. Thanks for the well wishes.

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  2. P.S. Hope the little one feels better soon!

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  3. You are amazing! I love, love, love your creativity.

    And my styles are ballpoint (shouldn't surprise you!) and point guard (must be the journalist in me...questions, questions, questions!).

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    1. You know I could relate to the point guard. And the ballpoint, of course. Thanks for so much encouragement lately!

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  4. Always clever you are! (That Yoda was just for you!) I'm not sure where I fall. I'll have to think about it. My baby is home sick today too! He's asleep at the moment so I'm taking advantage. Hope yours gets well and no one else comes down with it. Hugs!

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    1. Yoda I love. DD (home from school) watched the scene where Yoda kicks it. Didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Hope your babe feels better.

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  5. Love this. You're so creative!
    I'm a needlepoint, ballpoint, POV person. :)

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    1. I think I'm most needle with my husband and people I know well.

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  6. Hm, I keep going back to the Ballpoint here. Words on the page ... I like the idea of being able to go back to that page, and to mull over words there, finding different meaning in them. So Ballpoint gets my vote.

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    1. Yes, I totally see ballpoint for you. And finding different meaning--right up both our alleys.

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  7. I agree with Jessica. Where do you come up with this stuff, Wendy? Super fun.

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    1. As I shared on the phone today, I made it all up. Completely in need of expending the creative fizz that goes on up there. Must get it out. And so...here it is. :D

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  8. Honestly, I think I'm a different point depending on the day. Otherwise known as, "I'm a girl." Hehehe...

    But yeah, I had a ton of fun reading this. Think I'll have to study the list more to pinpoint (hehe) myself. :)

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    1. Ha--pinpoint! Didn't realize how many point words there are until I did a little digging for this post.

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  9. You are so creative!! I think I'm a point guard--love to ask questions of another and get to know them.

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  10. Love this post! I am a point guard and a pin point. Today on my blog I'm doing the pinpoint, sarcasm thing. I can only hold in the snark for so long, then it bursts out.

    And you?

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  11. Hope your little one feels better! Great thinkers post today, Wendy. I enjoyed it.

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    1. I'm freaking out some I've been getting chills all day and w/in the past hour my belly hasn't felt quite right. Awesome!

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  12. Hope the offspring feels better soon! You always give me lots to think about.

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    1. Did you seriously refer to my daughter as offspring? What a crack up!

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  13. You have me thinking. I'm not ready to commit to one style but I personally like the POV hybrid!

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    1. Hybrid. Love that word. Good cars. Mind is going with worsening stomach.

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  14. Clever + creative = Wendy! You amaze and inspire me.

    I'm a ballpoint. I love, love, love the written word.

    So sorry your gal is sick. Hope she recovers quickly.

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    1. I think I'm most at home with written words as well.

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  15. Somewhere between Point Guard and Match point. Maybe a little bit of Point of View too...

    Like this post. Thanks Wendy!

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    1. Like your honest answer. I'm probably a schizo combo of all the above. ;)

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  16. I'm definitely a ballpoint. I did a vlog last week and although I had fun with it, I found it incredibly awkward.

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  17. Okay, tried this new embedded thing. Loved responding to each of you individually, but I felt a little funny how it ratcheted the comment # up. I miss my long string of responses. Who knows, might have to just go back to that even with this embedded deal. Thanks for playing today & let's all say one big prayer I don't (or no one else in my family for that matter) catch the nasty bug my sweet child had. Amen. ;)
    ~ Wendy

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  18. Point guard AND Point of view--both describe me well! As usual, you've come out with a clever, fun way to make me think. You're awesome!

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  19. Interesting points, Wendy! :) Thanks for the info. Heading over to your guest post!

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  20. I think I'm a little bit of a lot of those, depending on who I'm talking to. With the husband, it's headlines only. Once I've grabbed his attention, then we can move into the finer points, you know?

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  21. You're the best at wordplay! :-) Right now, I am at-the-point-of-sleep. That's my point. I need to catch up on it before I can be clever. Loved talking to you today, as usual!

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