There is something in the air — it is buzzing, humming and I don’t think it is the bees. I have been teaching communication for many years. Until recently, I have contained most of the communication buzz to the classroom. But, something is happening. I am realizing that this buzz is an excitement about communication that can no longer be contained. When people think about communication, they say “We already know how to talk. Why should we learn communication?”
Communication is more than simply talking. Communication includes how we listen, think critically, work in groups . . . it is really how we connect — yes, with others and even more so with ideas and things we hear; within small groups of people and with larger groups as in public speaking. It is also how we connect within ourselves to what we know, to our own knowledge base, to our integrity and to our own truths. Communication is exploring truths about ourselves and clarifying who we are now, where we want to go and who we want to become.
This spring a friend gave me an article from the February ‘Business People’, “Closing the Soft Skills Gap in 21st Century Employment”. It revved me up and made me take a new look at how I am teaching communication and who I am teaching these skills to. The focus on improving communication skills is a lifelong learning process, not just a college course.
This article led me to others. One of the things that researchers who are working in the area of corporations and communication found is that technical skills may get someone hired, but it is the person’s communication skills that gets them promoted. One article even talked about new-hires being fired for poor communication skills, both verbal and written.
My passion for how we connect and communication is bursting out! You can bet that this blog will focus on connections, communication and ways to improve skills in both. Blessings!