That is something my mother always taught to us not to say. It fits here though. I find that the best listeners are quiet. To some people (I’ll admit I am one) they seem to not be interested in what we are saying. We are so used to others interrupting us as well as diving in to the joint-pontification we all easily participate in.
Something I come across often is communication breakdown. Whether it is the workplace or online, communication is essential to building and maintaining relationships. We so easily can go about our day misunderstanding each other or simply missing out on the opportunity to make a new friend or strengthen the relationships we already have. I have found a few key principles that have helped me correct some bad behaviors, in stumbling through my own communication issues.
Be yourself, be remarkable, be unique. This past week I had the chance to meet a few people from Keen Footwear. Keen’s CEO gave the keynote at the Willamette Innovators Night (WIN) 2009 and did a great skit. The main point of James Curleigh’s skit was to be an innovator not an imitator.
At the top left hand corner of every New York Times front page you will see the words “all the news that’s fit to print” A college professor Robert Sahr of mine once pointed out to me how ridiculous this statement was. There is no possible way you could fit all the news worthy of print in a hundred papers, let alone into one. Each news outlet chooses what stories to pursue.
My whole business is built around connecting with others and helping businesses connect with their communities. So how do I see the mission of the chamber being fulfilled? Well it is happening outside the chamber’s control.
Is social media a fad?
A few days ago Kevin Miller caught my attention. He posted a message to Chris Brogan on twitter asking where he could get a deal on a box of 20 of Chris’s latest book, Trust Agents. He wanted to send them to a few friends. I can only imagine what will come of Kevin Miller’s gifts.
The world is beginning to fill with self proclaimed social media experts and Trust Agents (even though Chris Brogan and Julien Smith warn against calling yourself such things). These people can not possibly be experts. We are all learning in this space. Yes, some have a true uncanny ability to connect and build communities. An… Read more about A guide rather than an expert: navigating social media