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Connecting Posted on 16 Jul, 2009 22:08


I. What does the word ‘communication’ mean to you personally?

II. Relating to your personal experience, can you describe a memory or a pivotal moment/situation in which communication surfaced as an overall theme?

III. On a scale of one to ten, how do you rate yourself as a communicator?

IV. What do you think your team/family/friends would say about you, if they were in your place now? How do you think they would rate you as a communicator?

V. If you were asked to give a synonym for communication, one word only, what would it be?

VI. From a professional point of view, how does communication affect your daily work? In other words, how does it affect your career objectives? Your ambition? Your interaction with colleagues, professionals, employees?

VII. What frustrates you the most in your role as a ‘communicator’ (read, colleague, father, mother, brother, sister, partner, friend)?

VIII. Which aspects of communication (verbal and non-verbal) are you most passionate about and why?

IX. Which areas of communication would you want to improve in?

X. Reflecting on your personal development thus far (your growth: past & present) how effective are you, or have you been in communicating your goals, your knowledge, your desires, your hopes, your dreams?

XI. Has there been a change in how you communicate now as opposed to how you have communicated in the past, when you were younger?

XII. Has there ever been a time when you were unable to communicate effectively? What happened and what did you do to save the situation?

XIII. Can you talk about the toughest challenge you have faced in your life/career to date? What was it and how did you communicate during this opportunity for introspection?

XIV. Looking into the future, which role do you feel communication will play globally in the arts, economics, politics, society, technology, overall?

XV. If you were asked to show an image, a symbol which, in your opinion, would best represents communication, what would it be?

XVI. And last but not least: What is your favourite song and why?

All You need is One listener!

Communicating = Competing

Communication Realization Posted on 16 Jul, 2009 15:01

From the moment I was born, I have been communicating.

I was raised in a small farming community back in 1962.

My first communication with animals was with pigs.

I remember their grunts, growls and their squealing, informing people or

other pigs that trespassing is going on. After all, their territory is manmade.

Meaning: man grants mammal a certain amount of square meters and decides on their time, their space and their place.

My memory reaches far back in time when, as a toddler, I fell asleep in a hog barn.

The lamps above the pig’s cots made me sleepy and tempted me to lie down among the newborn piglets.

I felt secure close to their mother, while my own mother obviously lost me in the hassle of every day chores.

I remember the smell of excrements, the dried up blood and afterbirth while the fresh hay stuck through my t-shirt. My skin was pierced but I did not dare make a sound. The sow accepted my presence since I was not interfering. That is when I discovered the power of non-verbal communication.

I sharp howl of “FOUND HER!” interrupted my sense of just being. The neighboring farmer obviously found out where I was when he discovered my red t-shirt among the pink masses.

It became clear to me then: not making a sound leaves people wondering where you are!

The man grabbed me up from underneath and simultaneously; the piglets got startled and screamed in anguish by this interruption of human hands. The sow was not amused and channeled her anger at the boots of the man who grabbed me up and she bit him. I was then quickly returned across the street to my human home.

In this case, the messenger was shot instantly.

While competing with other entrepreneurs in a competition called New Venture I was strapped to the boot of a boar bitten by a sow. I shouted out loud about my passion, my purpose and was put in a place of serious doubt. The jury’s comments were critical and left me with a series of questions wondering what the financial return on investment would be. After all, investing in serving human capital through communication is hardly affected by emotional display.

My opening statement: “Necessity is the mother of invention”, a derivative quote from Plato, has had enormous impact on getting my business started, yet the Unique Selling Proposition remains:

Providing English as a Global Communication Tool for World Citizens Today! Retention! The deciding factor of objective and subjective filters on human output of second language acquisition! Integration of touch technology in order to communicate purely and effectively! And the speed at which I can deliver!

I feel lucky today to realize a transformation which would have remained unnoticed if I had decided not to compete. Words, however, are meaningless if they are merely a showdown of human emotion. And I realize, communication is never deceiving.

When bad news is whispered, good news sounds louder still. Both are worn by a coat of perception. Whether sender or receiver and his or her personal interpretation, whether man or beast, relating to any given situation, silence & sound are evidence of power.

In short, any form of communication has an element of competition: expecting return. After all, the communication process is cyclical and anticipating is not making assumptions about the other being. Either way, in my personal framework of reference, my memory did not serve me right: I AM FOUND but not OUT!

My business Communication-Realization will sustain as long as I am willing to serve its sound!

It’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas!

I am jumping jack flash it’s a GAS, GAS, GAS!