Are you Silent?

It happens to the best of us. Communicators silenced by experience and jaded by time. You know how it goes – you start our excited, challenging the status quo and suggesting policies be tweaked to embrace the reality of the modern communication world. Then, somehow, you “bun” (burn out).

The cure? Remember why you do what you do and forget who you do it for. Mumbo jumbo? Nope. Seriously, why did you join the field in the first place? Make your “top ten reasons why I became a communicator” list.  You’ll find yourself rejuvenated (or find yourself switching careers).

Ok but a list is not a cure all.

Next you need to make an action plan to shape your current work into what you once pictured it to be. Want “a seat at the table”? Who doesn’t . Design a plan to get there. Learn to “talk their talk”. Stop skipping Corporate events and “you better work” it.

Ok so it still sounds far fetched? One more suggestion.

Create your dream job. Yep. Become an entrepeneur. Start a blog like 5a. Creat a network or start a magazine like Karel McIntosh did with OUTLISH magazine. Teach at a local Community College or volunteer to fill that need that your current job is not filling. 

Most of all, speak up. No point being a communicator who says nothing.

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5 Responses to “Are you Silent?”

  1. Mark Lyndersay Says:

    Who’s 5a? That’s leading people on just dropping a name with no link.

    • caribbeancontessa Says:

      Ah typos! Will address now.

      You are an irresistable magnet for all that belongs to you by Divine right. – Florence Schovel Shin SO Never think that’s God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; Hold fast and Hold strong.

  2. Joanne Says:

    In reading this post, I realize that it’s applicable to even people who aren’t necessarily communications professionals! I refer specifically to the point you made about “working it.” I can’t stress how many professional contacts I’ve made because of going to corporate events and such, just putting myself out there and being willing to talk to people who don’t seem connected to the work I do (and then I find out differently…). Thus my action plan includes “happy hour” without the “happy” part.

    • caribbeancontessa Says:

      Joanne,

      This is true indeed. The posts aren’t always just for Communicators…well, actually we all communicate so they are! Seriously though, most times the advice and tips can be used by non public relations professionals. SO I am glad you found it interesting.

  3. Karel Mc Intosh Says:

    Thanks for the mention Contessa 😀 It’s extremely challenging, but also fulfilling.

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