Monday, March 22, 2010

Good Communication



There exists a myriad of reasons why human potential remains untapped, one in particular stands out to me,
The inability to capture the essence and verve of what people are trying to communicate in a way that connects. SEE-FEEL-CHANGE
Ever felt like you did not speak the same language as the person you were speaking to? But you had to have a relationship with them. What is the solution? Make what is important to the other person just as important to you, create common ground. This is the starting point of learning to communicate. Please activate your imagination.

Imagine this...
A world were people's focus was on improving communication; trying increase the number of conversations to improve their understanding of other people from around the world. Isn't that why speech evolved?

The internet is a tool for sharing/mind-casting thoughts to create conversations. The internet acts like a collective conscience; a social hub where people from around the world come together to share ideas and communicate. It is great because the only barrier is communication. People are only judged on their idea. Geography, age, gender and distance don't play a part. Instead of feeling threatened when people have a different opinion, use communication as a tool for bridging the differences, and make  a connection. Good communicators allow us to SEE the metaphysical through words. Blogging is a step to put thoughts into words and create conversation. Leaving a comments on blogs shows your interest. Comments create relationships through the sharing of ideas. This is the power of new media. Instead of one way conversations where people receive the news, the internet with the power of commenting is making more people part of the news.

The Power of Stories
Story is a  timeline of events, usually in three acts.

Act 1 The Beginning
Setup
  • Characters
  • Setting

Plot Point
  •  Motivation
  •  The Desire


Act 2 The Middle
Conflict
  •  Move towards goal
  •  hurdles???

Low Point

Act 3 The End
Resolution
  •  Final Push
  •  Reached goal/desire

Stories are more then the truth/reality, because they connect directly to a persons imagination, creating another world and another time. A story is godlike and has the power of creation. That is the power of stories, a good story connects people together with a common vision.

A good writer will piece together small events into the large picture. Slowly unravelling the significance of each moment. The author will write for the audience to connect and share an experience.

I used to think writing was about letting other people know about my ideas. I was wrong, it is about letting people see how you connect with them. It is never about yourself. Instead ask how can I relate to you? The goals is to show how your ideas/life connects and relates to their's. Never be disrespectful or divisive.
Writing is worth the effort, because behind all good stories is meaning. A good story has deep meaning.
Meaning is something to discover, rather then invent. -Victor Frankl
Each story fulfills a unique meaning. There exists a myriad of reasons why human potential remains untapped, one in particular stands out to me,
The inability to capture the essence and verve of what people are trying to communicate in a way that connects. SEE-FEEL-CHANGE
Great stories unravel and inform the reader, they don't try to convince and change the reader's mind.

The New Story
The social web (Internet) is letting people connect and interact according to their ideas and be judged only on their ideas; no other bias need play a part. We can be equal, common humanity. The only barrier is our ability to communicate. The biggest barrier to communication is vagueness, a lack of clarity.

Don't submerge yourself in passive entertainment; one way conversations.

Politics
When a person isn't given a voice, how will they react?

Terrorism
The inability to capture the essence and verve of what people are trying to communicate in a way that connects. SEE-FEEL-CHANGE
What happens when the wrong groups of people connect? What happens when groups of murderers get together and talk? Bias. Unbalanced conversation. We need to increase the diversity of people we speak to.
Exclusion: Hate happens, at least in part, because of homophily: birds of a feather flock together. The result is that people self-organize into groups of like for like. But rarely are the gaps between differences bridged. Yet, that's where the most valuable relationships begin. To be "friends" with 1000 people who are also obsessed with vintage 1960s glasses isn't friendship — it's just a single, solitary shared interest.-The Social Media Bubble,Umair Haque

Individual Stories
What is your story? How do you choose to tell your story? Great stories unravel and inform the reader, they don't try to convince and change the reader's mind.

Additional Notes

Inspired by Words of Wisdom, The Chosen Lyrics written by Armen. I thought it would be a good idea to use music to emphasise the diversity of communication. Music is a form of communication. The strength of music is its ability to encapsulate the emotions tied into the words.
I have chosen is ‘Stand By Me’. This particular version was recorded by Playing for Change. This is a beautiful song, with a message made more powerful by its intention to bring people together.  Beautifully capturing the idea that everyone is connected.
The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. - Playing for Change, The Inspiration


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