Can you believe it’s already 2014?
I hate to admit it, but it still feels like 2004 to me—or maybe I’m just regressing.
You can always count on the end of one year and the start of the next for a plethora of posts on communications resolutions, roundups, look backs, look aheads and other slate-cleaning thoughts.
Whenever I think of clean slates, I harken back to my fifth-grade teacher who, on the first day of class, held up a blank piece of paper and said whatever run-ins she may have had with any of us in the past didn’t matter anymore.
She began each new class with a tabula rasa. The 10-year-old me was glad she did.
That reminded me a bit of the board game Monopoly; a fresh start is equivalent to a get-out-of-jail-free card. I liked it.
A clean slate offers you the chance to change. It lets you clear your imagination for all the wonderful new things you want to learn, teach and do.
Communications insights and board games
In the spirit of the great tabula rasa of my youth, here are three things I’m adding to my own clean communications slate—er, screen—in 2014, in the form of kid’s board games:
With the speed of our digital communications world, defensiveness and bad judgment are never good excuses. They often cause irreparable harm to reputations—reputations we’ve worked hard to build.
It’s easy to piddle away time on social media—that is, endlessly flit from one thing to the next without accomplishing a heck of a lot. We’re all guilty of constant partial attention, but if we want to accomplish anything significant, let’s give our full attention to the tasks at hand. It’s amazing what we can accomplish in 30 focused minutes and a schedule.
This one doesn’t exist yet. I’m using it as a metaphor for becoming as good at telling stories with pictures as I am with words. Communication uses all the senses. Rather than adopting a visual versus verbal mindset, we should integrate photography and video with our writing skills. Or, if you’re not a particularly strong writer, visual mediums offer a whole slew of opportunities.
What games would you add to your communications slate in 2014? Why?