The above is a brief presentation I gave at Lindenwood University about my passion; communication.
com·mu·ni·ca·tion - the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. Key elements of effective communication involve more than just spoken word. True and effective communication for me is the multi-faceted sharing of information, thoughts, and ideas. Experts estimate that it’s something upwards of 60% of communication is non-verbal. That means that the majority of what we say isn’t coming from our words, so much as it’s coming from our visuals, our media, and our body language.
To be effective in personal communication, the message must be three things; important, personal, and honest. Without these elements in relational communication, we can’t effectively communicate. What’s important? Perhaps you have something to offer about collecting coffee mugs that no one has considered. That brings a level of importance to your message that reaches a certain audience based on it’s inherent importance.
Communication stops dead in it’s tracks when there is no listening. For a long time, my communication centered around my effectively communicating my message. Communication doesn’t work like that. To effectively communicate a message of any kind, one must listen, even if only in order to gain a respect for one’s audience.
My personal brand is not built around the Android community, although it partially is. My personal brand reflects me, and my message. I have loads to communicate, and it’s centered around my website, my Twitter (@AddisonTodd) and my Facebook profile. My online persona centers around me, and what I can offer in a professional community with my given area of expertise. I also occasionally blog about a number of other random topics. This makes me a real individual who is also passionate about the things that he cares about.
My role in communication is based on my personality, and my passion. I could try my hand at sports writer if I wanted to. I might succeed in the interim, until my lack of knowledge in that area was apparent. Any readers I had gained would quickly move on realizing that I had nothing valuable to say on the topic. My strong points are my personality traits that connect me with people, and my expertise.