Top 10 BUS-330 Learnings

So I have spent a semester blogging (there are still a couple more posts to come) and taking an Advanced Communications class, I thought it would be important to list the top 10 things that I have learned from this class, in reverse order:

10. Communications written by people in this field are everywhere, there are so many good examples out there but also a large quantity of bad examples; finding that distinction is very important.

9. There is a constant need for communications at all levels of an organization, even when things are going well it is important to continue to strengthen existing communications networks so you will have more control for the future.  Strong communication breeds success.

8. Make sure that you think of all the ways your communications could be interpreted, it is important to remember that like-minded people will often comprehend things the same way that you do.  It is important to check for understanding amongst multiple publics.

7. Often times a lower word count can be a benefit, it is much more important to maintain reader’s interest for a short period of time where you can get across your main points than to seek interest for a long time in an attempt to inform more fully that ultimately fails because the reader has been lost.

6. You can always remove words from what you have written, every edit you will find something to fix, a way to say something in a better way, don’t be afraid to edit.

5. There are a lot of opportunities for some very interesting jobs in the world of communications, these opportunities can present themselves in many ways – be open to them.

4.  Align your work no matter what you are writing for or designing, aligning makes a world of difference in readability and gives you the ability to draw your reader in from a distance.

3. Be flexible, timelines quite often change and you need to be prepared to adjust to that at all times and work within the timeline that is given.

2. Graphic artists are worth their weight in gold, I find it easy to come up with the vision for how I want everything laid out.  The transition from vision to paper can take a lot longer than expected at times.

1. Think both inside AND outside the box, come up with simple ideas which can come from anywhere and build from there but never forget the simple idea that started it all.

 

Hopefully you have enjoyed reading this blog this semester, who knows, maybe I will be back on it again soon!

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