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In everything you do, in everything you hope to achieve and hope to accomplish, communication is key.

Communication can lead to great resolve or incredible disillusion. It can mean the difference between clarity and confusion.

Whether it is business, a professional or personal relationship, it is always important to express your thoughts, your concerns, your ideas and your vision in an effective and productive way.

While all of this sounds incredibly elementary, it is still very much amazing to me how often we fail at communicating. The simplest and yet most complex thing that we do can often be complicated by mere human minds and hands.

A text message can be misunderstood. A tweet can be misunderstood. A Facebook post can be taken out of context. Your message can sound like an attack when it may be harsh truth.

I love using my laptop, my iPad, my iPhone and my social media pages to communicate with individuals, but, I firmly believe that it is very important for me to connect with individuals face-to-face. Needless to say, for some around the world, that might not be possible and even if it were the closest possibility would be the use of a video service site like YouTube.

You get the idea!

I love the field of Broadcast Journalism and communications in general because it is incredibly versatile when it comes to the many different ways of communicating information and messages to people.

And don’t get me started with cartoons!

The subject of communication is so extensive and expansive, it can be quite intense. You have to think of not only language, but also tone, delivery, intent, the intended audience as well as the style and way you deliver it.

That’s why for most people communicating in any format and in any way takes a LOT of practice. I got my start from when I was just a boy. I remember pretending to be on the air as I talked in front of a mirror and acted as though I was on a TV show. When I rehearsed for speeches I would stand in front of a mirror or on the elevated step in my living room as though I was giving a speech to a live audience.

Ultimately, I learned three basic things that helped me to perfect my communication skills:

  1. Be Myself
  2. Listen
  3. Pay Attention

Being yourself is so key! People, on average, can tell if you’re faking and if you’re absolutely not genuine. It is annoying and its unappealing…well…to me anyways.

Listen to what is being said and also to the people around you. Get an idea of what the environment is like and how the person you’re communicating with is reacting to the scene.

Pay attention. The more attentive you are to the person you’re speaking too, the better the conversation and the more respectful you come off.

 

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if you’ve ever tried a new electronic device, a new kind of food or a pair of clothing, you’ve from time to time may have had that thought, “wow, this just works.”

Lately, that’s how I have been feeling about a large part of my life lately. In particular, my career!

As you know, I do a lot of media work and I greatly enjoy it. Their is just something about connecting with people, handling media and news information, that just excites me and keeps me going as far as work is concerned.

It’s work, but it doesn’t feel like a chore. It doesn’t feel like something you’re forcing yourself to do. It just fits!

You won’t like everything about it, but, when push comes to shove, you just enjoy doing the work!

When you’re walking in your purpose, it is very much like that. You have a feeling of that nearly “perfect fit.”

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Are you making a difference even while you’re behind the computer and notepad?

Is what you’re sharing uplifting people and helping people become better citizens of society, better Christians and better individuals in their personal life?

Whatever you type and share, whatever you post online, whatever you send out to individuals via text is a direct reflection of who you are a person if you really think about it.

People know if you’re a fan. People know if you’re a believer. People know if you have a specific type of belief or idea and people know if you’re just incredibly negative or unbelievably positive.

Depending on what you share, people will make the decision on whether they want to put value on what you share or avoid it like the plague.

Over the years, I learned that what I share should be something that others would and could value too, NOT just me. It has to add value to their daily lives because, frankly, people are too busy and don’t have time for junk.

Also, I learned that if you’re going to share something, have a call to action (something I’ll explain in detail later). I’ve had back and forth arguments with friends about this and I still stand by this.

A call to action is something you tell your reader to start considering and doing. If their is no call to action, don’t expect them to take action. You can NEVER assume that people will DO something with what you share.

Purpose: Part 1

September 13, 2014 — 2 Comments

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The topic of purpose has been weighing down on me a lot lately. Probably because of so many people I have been talking too for multiple days now whom have been asking me for advice on what to do, what direction they must go and how to get there.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve only just discovered what I was supposed to be doing in the first place and am still learning more and more about my direction and purpose in life as I go forward.

Those questions are scary, though. They are hard to deal with it. No one likes to feel lost and alone when it comes to their direction in life. For me, I was embarrassed and frustrated.

I would often get pseudo-religious answers from individuals who told me to trust God, but, never bothered to get to know me and drill me on what I was really interested in. That didn’t happen until later, and thankfully, I’m glad a few good men and women in my life really stopped me and asked me, boldly, what it was I wanted.

I realized that I spent a large amount of time in my 20’s running away from the very thing I loved so much out of fear, out of curiosity and out of trial and error. But, mainly out of fear.

I don’t regret the journey. Because the experience of running around and trying new things really changed me. It made me a better person rather than a bitter person. Even when times got ugly, I could’ve turned into a bitter, negative kid. But, every experience made me a better, stronger man.

In the midst of figuring out what you’re supposed to be doing, simply enjoy the journey and allow that journey time to be time of reflection, prayer and really trusting God and trusting people. Let that time you spend as a wandering traveler in your career and life be a time that you dig deep into past pains and unsolved wounds.

You may find that the very place you’ve felt weak, destroyed, hurt or frustrated in are the places that your meant to serve.