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As communication majors, we learn the importance of communicating using a multitude of channels and mediums which are mostly online or digital. What today’s society does not realize is that because of the the increase of technology, our interpersonal communication skills are suffering with every minute we spent looking at a screen.
The use of technology has created uncomfortable and less effective communication. Neil Shah, founder and director of The Stress Management Society says, “face-to-face communication is becoming increasingly uncomfortable and stressful for many, and a lot of people tend to overthink it. The less we engage in personal communication the harder it becomes.”
On February 23, students will have a chance to network and speak with our guests to get to know them on personal level as well as to understand their professions at deeper level. It is important to know what is expected when networking and how to effectively communicate in these types of settings. In her article posted on January 31, 2018, Rachel Weingarten from Ladders, shares some tips to communicate and socialize effectively.
Plan in Advanced
Weingarten says that doing your research and planning ahead is the best way to get rid of those public speaking nerves. For this specific event, research the guest speakers’ company’s history and pay attention during their presentation to bring up possible topics of conversation. Try researching industry trends and best practices to bring to the speaker’s attention. That’s always a good way to get noticed and start a conversation that you might learn a lot from.
Rule of One
At times, you may feel like you have to talk to every professional that is attending the event. That’s networking right? The more the better? False. That is why Weingarten’s “rule of one” is so important. She says, “one new contact, one interesting industry related conversation, one new resource –my time was successfully spent.” It is important to establish relationships that could be beneficial for you in the future. Spending time with one individual, gaining their advice, insight and trust is time far better spent than trying to say hello to everyone you see.
This is my own little piece of advice that I have realized over my time and experience with networking. It is so important to be able to communicate as YOU and not someone who you think the professional wants to hear from. When speaking face-to-face, focus on what you’re passionate about, what you’re knowledgeable about, and what you want to learn. You can gain invaluable insights and knowledge about not only yourself, but others as well. This is the key to building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships that can open so many doors to your future.
“Your life is bigger than one moment –
So take it one moment at a time”
The mission of the Commvergence is to provide insight to high school and college students of the intersection of public relations and advertising and everything in between. In today's business world, these professions are becoming increasingly integrated and dependent on each other. Students are faced with tricky decisions as to where they fit in the world and where their skills and knowledge can take them.
Oprah Winfrey had some very valuable advice for people in their 20’s to deal with the anxiety of finding where and what your place is in the world. I think that a lot of us can relate to the fact that there is an immense pressure to find our purpose in life. We are constantly thinking about what our big picture is and how to get there. Oprah commented on how to deal with this way of thinking.
“The way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself, ‘What is the next right move?’ Not think about, ‘Ooh, I got all of this to figure out.’ What is the next right move? And then from that space, make the next right move and the next right move … then you won’t be overwhelmed by it, because you know your life is bigger than that one moment.” – Oprah Winfrey
Melanie Curtin, for INC.com said,
“Part of emotional intelligence is knowing how to get out of your own way (which often entails getting out of your own head). Yes, there’s a time and place for reflection, but there’s also a time and place to stop reflecting and just take an action (the next move).”
This is important to remember in times of high stress and anxiety. Just ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. Make positive, productive decisions throughout the day. Each step you take will ultimately play into the big picture.
Commvergence is your next right move.