I am kind of obsessed with how we organize writing. This obsession is not just about academic writing in the form of essays, short stories, and school assignments. I think about this for emails, conversations, and communication in general. If you haven’t thought about organization beyond academic writing, consider the way people organize an email, a meeting, or a conversation. Communication is most effective for a reader, listener, or collaborator when it is well organized, and the tools we use for organizing writing help us learn to organize our other communication as well.
I had arrived a day early in Puerto Rico for a trip with a friend. I had spent a full day out of the New York cold and in the sun and warmth of the Caribbean, and would leave in a few hours to pick […]
How many times have you had a problem and when you finally address it in conversation you start explaining your concerns with phrases like “I can’t”, “I don’t like”, “It bothers me”, “Why haven’t you”, or even “I quit”? Here are some thoughts on how to start a conversation that makes sure you are heard and understood.
I was texting my friend again: I’m sorry, but I can’t make it tomorrow night. This week is getting too crazy. I cringed because I had sent this text before. I was repeatedly making plans with what seemed like the best of intentions, but as those plans drew near, it would become clear that I was not going to follow through. I felt guilty when I sent a text backing out of plans; I know how frustrating it is to be canceled on. I also had angst when I made plans because I was starting to be unsure I would follow through. It was miserable for me, and I’m sure quite frustrating for my friend.
Yesterday, after school and work were done, I gathered my kids and headed to the beach. I felt determined the three of us would have a late afternoon spent at the beach before school lets out this Friday. I wanted us to do something fun […]