“What are you listening to?” Rudy asked me. I looked up from under the table where I was, putting red nail polish on my toenails – I hadn’t even noticed that he was in the office.
“I’m listening to a podcast about communication. Writing and reading,” I told him as I paused the podcast with two gentlemen talking in rasp voices on the speakers of my phone.
Rudy sat down in front of the big Mac Pro and sent me a fatherly smile.
“I’m glad you are being SMART,” he said. I laughed because I knew he wasn’t telling me I was being smart, rather referring to my recent doodles on our office whiteboard that spelled “SMART” with huge letters:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Timely
I told him that since I’m currently not attending classes I still have to continue learning and he agreed with me saying: “Teresa, I’m still a stone age man, so I really have to push myself.”
I realized how privileged I was to be able to learn. What an amazing thing?
Here are some of the things I learned from the podcast:
- As a communicator you should spend time writing AND reading every day.
- You should make it pleasant to write and read – find a good environment to do it so that you enjoy it.
- It shouldn’t be something you do to fall asleep, because then you let your body know that it is boring to read or write.
- You should read literature from many different genres – both the good and the bad literature so you get a good sense of what is good writing and bad writing.
That’s all for now! Thanks for following me on my journey to make missions better at communication.