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Writing thoughts for these times

By on Dec 8, 2016 in writing skills | 0 comments

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I’ve neglected this blog of late as life has taken over. However, my good intentions will hopefully continue into the new year with thoughts on writing and communications.

So, kicking off with ruminations on the current state of the world. With so much change around us right now, how do we all keep understanding each other? Imagery is King right now as we’re bombarded with images day and night, a large percentage of which are horrifying, unpleasant, saddening. I’m a firm believer in each of us doing our bit to make the world a better place (blame my hippie socialist family) but even I have days of struggle, when the constant stream of bad news imagery starts to wear me down.

Right now, I’m reading a biography of Douglas Adams by Neil Gaiman and the world’s daily and constant barrage of imagery with often no writing behind it (or often offensive language behind it) reminds me so much of Adams’ Babel fish in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. We can’t understand each other without the Babel fish but, as soon as we have it in place, we end up in wars as we’re offended by what we have to say to each other. Miscommunication, arrogance, fear, loathing – all playing into the world around us today.

You start to despair, you think, how can little old me make a difference? Communication is all about making connections so let’s all start there.

As for me, I’m about to be bold with helping university students improve their business communication skills with a workshop all about the top three communication skills that companies consistently feel are missing from placement students and graduates. I’m scrapping the lecture I’ve done previously on this and getting the students to reflect and learn by TALKING to me and each other, what a novel idea!

Has this post given you any ideas for how to start making a difference or are you about to scrap your report and scream outta the window? Comment below or connect with me on Twitter.

Norwich Street Art photo by @Markheybo, creative commons licensed.

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