Communicating is a funny thing. It’s a little like driving: we all think we’re absolutely fantastic at it. But if we were all such brilliant drivers, we wouldn’t be seeing so many fender-benders on the drive home, now would we? Similarly, if we were all such great communicators, everyone would get along famously at work and in families and at the stupid grocery store and no one’s feelings would ever be hurt and we’d all join hands and sing Kumbaya.
Not the world I’m living in, sadly. Hence Said What I Meant, where I’m just going to share some things I’m learning about communication and where I hope you’ll chime in with your own experiences and words of wisdom as well. Just come for a visit and see if you stumble on anything interesting while you’re here.
In case you need more info about me:
My name is Jennifer Floyd. I’m a professional communicator for a publicly traded financial services company and I’ve been in communications since 1997. I thought a decade into my career might be an interesting time to go back to school, so I’m also earning my master’s degree in strategic communication.
So it happens that when you work in communications and then you’re also getting a degree in communications, you read just ridiculous amounts of material about every kind of communication you can imagine. Earning this degree is changing me and how I communicate, and it’s helping me make connections between work and school. The things I’m learning are knockin’ me out, and I want to share them with you and that’s why I’m here. A few other random things:
- I’m fully resigned to being a word-nerd. I have been reading and writing for fun for as long as I can remember. And I know it’s wrong, but I get a devilish little thrill when I notice errors in major publications.
- I love writers and writing and reading books about writing and talking about writing. So you might notice some links in here that are more inspirational than instructional. It’s OK. We can all use a little inspiration in our lives, can’t we?
- When I’m not joyfully overcommunicating with my husband and we have time, we’re out hiking or walking or driving or fishing or camping or being somewhere outside where the Pacific Northwest is the greatest playground I know.