It’s inevitable. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I reach for is my smartphone. Social media apps make up about 80% of my phone’s content (since I am just a stereotypical teenager).
Check out my social media lineup:
I have been meaning to create a Twitter account for the past few years, and for some reason have never gotten around to it until last month. What I like about Twitter is the real-time ability to stay connected. You choose who and what you follow, so you choose what you see.
Facebook is the site that everyone has been using since junior high, and everyone continues to use as time goes on. For me, Facebook is a way to stay connected to my older friends and family back home. I think that the site works well since it is accessible to all types of user (because let’s face it, how many of us have a grandmother who uses Facebook?)
Instagram is easily my favorite social media site. I do not post pictures that frequently, but I love that I am able to get a glimpse into the lives of others I follow. Additionally, if you follow Instagram’s page, there are some very cool photography pieces that they feature every couple of days. The only thing that I would change about Instagram to improve it, would be the profile building. Facebook, Twitter, and other sites have a more accelerated, multifunctional profile page that Insta lacks.
Finally, there’s Snapchat. It is one of those apps where it is hard to explain the point or use, you just have to try it out. I was skeptical before downloading Snapchat for the first time, because I didn’t understand the point of instant messaging people using pictures. Now, I can’t go a single day without using Snapchat. I like being able to see what people are doing, or simply seeing their face without having to video chat.
It always amazes me when I meet someone who lacks basic communication skills. One of my biggest pet peeves is trying to communicate with an individual who possess the communication skill level equivalent to a caveman. Now, I am actually a very nice person! However, if you posses any of the characteristics listed below, I may internally cringe or avoid talking to you.
In no particular order, here are ten characteristics/types of people who absolutely suck at communicating:
- Lack of eye contact– “My eyes are up here, buddy.” Just kidding- but seriously, if you cannot focus on the person you are talking to, don’t bother talking to them at all.
- No enthusiasm/emotion– You should at least try to act like you care about the topic or person you are talking about/to. If not, at least pretend you do!
- Text Lingo– if you use the phrase”lol” when talking to me in person, I will probably hit you.
- No Punctuation– because “let’s eat mom” is very different from, “let’s eat, mom”
- Bad Body Language– no words necessary for this one.
- Uneducated People- nothing’s worse than listening to someone not know what they are talking about.
- Boring People– enough said.
- Poor Listeners– because believe it or not, one must actually posses skills to be a really good listener.
- Unorganized Thinkers– even I am a fan of “just winging it,” but don’t get too confusing on me
- These People
It just so happens that one of my favorite movies of all time is John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. So, when I saw that #38 on the list of greatest PR blogs in the world is PRBreakfastClub, I felt that I was inclined to check it out. After scrolling through a couple of posts, I found a pretty interesting one where Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters drop in to give us all some advice on not only PR, but life in general.
Don’t know Dave Grohl or The Foo Fighters? Here you go :
Still don’t know who I am talking about? That’s okay! Check out their greatest hits here.
While it isn’t crucially substantial that you understand who these guys are, what they have to say is pretty relevant and interesting. Grohl has made a list of five communications (and life) lessons that we can all benefit from learning. They are explained further on the blog post, but they briefly include:
- Share things, thoughts, and ideas with everyone and anyone
- Stand up for what you believe in all the time
- Be ready for the unexpected
- Try new things
- Admit your mistakes and learn from them
These are some pretty good points, and Grohl does a pretty good job of pointing out their relevance not only in communications and public relations, but in life.
What I like about the actual physical blog itself is the simplistic (yet interesting) format. Burgess, the author, uses a simple numbered list to relay the message to blog his readers. He also provides several hyperlinks for further investigation into each topic. That way, readers don’t have multitudes of information and text thrown at them, they can choose what they want to check out (because we all know that no one wants to read those giant paragraphs) Additionally, graphic pictures were added for visual aid, which attracted my interest and most likely the interest of others as well.
Overall, the PRBreakfastClub turned out to be a pretty good find. Take some time to check out the rest of what Burgess has to say.
My name is Kelcie, and I am currently (I change my mind frequently) a freshman Communications major at SAU. I am from the small town of Elmwood, Illinois. I am usually extremely busy, trying to balance school, work, and a social life. I love to travel (I have been to some pretty cool places like Italy and NYC). I also enjoy listening to music and hanging out with my friends. Click here to check out my favorite place in Italy!