talk about news

With the recent events that have taken place with the natural disasters happening and of course the biggest news this week of Osama Bin Laden’s death, it has gotten me think AGAIN of the power of social media and the news.

During the past couple weeks I have not watched the news or read a newspaper, or an internet article that didn’t come from some sort of social media outlet (with the exception of watching Obama’s speech); Yet I am connected like never before with what is happening in the world. Being so connected has really had me thinking about how receiving the news has changed so much over the course of only a couple years. More and more people are using social media everyday and communicating through it to keep others in the loop. Receiving the news will never be the same again, eventually I even believe that the evening news might not be even relevant anymore. I mean when you hear about  how twitter is now faster than the news, with breaking stories, it makes you wonder about the future of the news.

I know I might be repeating another blog post here with saying all of this. But I think that this needs to be at the forefront of our minds. This social media revolution is not going away, and it is time for us to embrace it so that we can get the most out of it!

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check out my talk

So I wanted to start a section on my blog about my personal life. If you read my blog and want to learn more about me, check out the  my talk section under “about me”.

ode to checklist manifesto

For our full staff days we read books, and have book club meetings during the days. For the one coming up, we are reading checklist manifesto. I am definitely a checklist type of person, so of course this had to do with me leaning towards this book when we needed to choose one. As an avid checklist keeper, I have my daily to-do list and i flag all of my emails, so that I can check them off one by one.

But it wasn’t until I read the book that I really started to understand the “science” behind the checklist. The author describes checklists to be not only for personal use, but a way to communicate, which of course I never thought of. If multiple people are going off of the same checklist, they can ensure that the other people are doing the task right, and of course that they are completing the tasks.

So this got me thinking, how can I use checklists in a new way? A way to not only use checklists personally, but to communicate with others. I won’t share my ideas for work since we haven’t had our book club meeting yet, but I have even thought of ways to use it in my personal life. In June my fiance and I are moving, which entails a great attention to detail. Not only so we know where we packed things, but so that the administrative things are taken care of as well. I plan to make a checklist of things we need to change address wise, along with what utilities we need to cancel in the old place, and add to the new place. The other checklist will be a location mapper of where everything is, so when we are unpacking we will know what box contains what items (thanks Liz and Joe for the idea!). Not only will these checklists help me personally to stay organize, it will be a way to communicate to my fiance what has been done and what needs to be done, so we are both on the same page during the process.

How do you use checklists? Have you ever thought of them as communication tools?

starting conversations

I find myself to be an introvert/extrovert..can there be a middle ground? Once I feel comfortable with people I know, I can talk and talk and talk no problem..but it’s those first couple moments of starting conversations, I am really quiet and more of an introvert. Later on in the conversations is when I become more comfortable. I also have a tendency to be an introvert when I am talking in front of crowds. But I am trying to work on both, trying to expand myself!

This month is kind of my own personal test to grow these two things, especially at work. My supervisor is gone on her sabbatical and I am taking over a couple of her tasks. One of these tasks includes running a full staff event, (talking to a crowd). In preparation for this I have a meeting set up with one of my awesome co-workers that has won awards through her public speaking club. She is going to give me tips on speaking in front of crowds, which allows me to check that off the list for growth.

But now I need to think of a way to grow in the other, trying to work on escaping my introvert tendencies when I start conversations.

I’m struggling a bit on finding out how to work on this. Of course I know the basics, but what can I do beyond that to help myself start communication off right? I feel confident in myself that being conscious of making this change will help, but what more can I be doing in terms of practicing? Does anyone out there have tips for this?

sometimes you just have to TALK

The last couple of weeks have been really busy for me. I haven’t been stressed per-say but I have felt disconnected. Even though I was technically on my social media portals, but I didn’t feel engaged. I was behind on my twitter feed, didn’t even look at Facebook, and hardly touched my email. This was NOT a good feeling for me, I felt that I was missing something, and it was the TALK!

But this weekend, I made an effort and I got my TALK back! I engaged personally with my friends, I met new people, I had a twitter conversation (teaching my fiance and friends how to use it), and I started back on my social media portals. Boy was I missing out! I instantly felt different, I was smiling more, I felt emotionally better, and just happier. That was the moment I realized just how important being able to CONNECT and COMMUNICATE with people is.

Communication is an important part of people’s lives; hey its the reason why I wrote this blog! My appreciation for it is ever-growing, I am learning something every day about why communication is so important to people. As I learned from this experience, being disconnected can give you a bad feeling. You feel unattached from the world around you. Communication livens up your life. It is a great thing. With all these new communication tools, it’s easier to stay connected, and even connect with many more people than you ever could before.

talkaboutblogging

The world of blogging, is such a wonderful place. Blogging is a great place where you can share your opinions with the world, write about things that are happening around you, or even just a place to write about  yourself.

I want to talk about blogging, because it has become such a huge part of my life these past couple months. It first started with a new years resolution, to update my use of social media. I changed the way I used twitter (actually using it correctly!) and I updated a blog I had started sometime last year. But soon after I started to revitalize my old blog, that even started to die. After paying closer attention to other blogs, I noticed my blog was sort of all over the place. It had so many different topics, that I hardly was getting any followers, so I decided to just start from scratch…again! I deleted my old blog and started, this time i started using wordpress (which I love so much better), and I focused my posts to one topic, interactions (which i have a passion for).

Blogging came up in other ways too, through work and my personal life:

1. After a full staff day at work in early February, we talked about “shipping ideas” which created the talk of a blog/twitter based on the operations of our organization. We finally launched last week, its called Wish You Worked Here.

2. After I re-started my blog, I started to get advice from Katie (who is a social media queen).When we sat down over coffee to blog chat we came up with the idea for Blogs Books Bytes.Which is an interactive blogs and book club, because we both have passions for both topics.

3. Not only has my organization started a blog for operations, but a blog has been started (comes out next week!) for College Life. I’m not a part of it personally (although I may guest post) but hear about the progress all the time. The buzz around the office is infectious and I’m so proud that our organization is doing such amazing things!

So now I am now a part of three blogs: talkbetweenpeople, Blogs Books Bytes, and now Wish You Worked Here. I am so excited for each of them and I hope to grow my blogging skills even more from them.

Does anyone else manage multiple blogs? How do you go about staying equally engaged? Do you find that one is more successful than the other (two of the blogs have many more hits than this one) how do I get an even distribution of who is reading my blog?

talkbetweenfriends

This week has made me think a lot about the power of friendship. I had many opportunities to have heart to hearts with friends..both in person and online. It didn’t matter the source of the interaction just interacting with them made me feel good. When I was stressed they helped me relieve it, when I was sad, they helped cheer me up, when I was happy, they helped me celebrate. All these interactions that I had with my friends  got me thinking about how we interact with friends.

Friends are there for you no matter what, through the thick and thin, you have a special bond with them, and you feel like you can tell them anything. Friends can be someone you connect with on a deep level, or just someone who shares your interests.

The interactions that you have with your friends not only make you feel good, but they can even effect your brain. The attached study proves that your brain reacts more when you are interacting with a friend, than a stranger. I find this article interesting because it shows how valuable a friendship can be. It is so important even your brain reacts!

Even if you are not sitting down with a friend, face to face, any kind of interaction with them is always fun. Whenever I see a text, a tweet, an email, or even a missed call from a friend, it always gets me interested. I always want to know what they are up to and can’t wait to hear what they have to tell me. This isn’t the case with others, it’s a special thing that I only associate with friends. The interactions are different, but how do they become this way? How do we become so connected to these people? Friends don’t always start out being your friends, where does that cross over happen?

How important are friends to you? How would you say your interactions with friends differ from other everyday interactions?