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A Twitter Experiment June 21, 2009

Posted by cjescribano in change management, experiments, Learning, Twitter, Uncategorized.
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I have recently started using Twitter as a way of staying on track with my goals.

I’ve never been very disciplined with goals. This blog is the perfect example. You can see when my enthusiasm spikes and I write some posts. And then when my enthusiasm wanes, there are long gaps. I have the best of intentions, but mostly those intentions are overcome by events. Too much going on, so I say, “I’ll write that post tomorrow.” And tomorrow turns into the next day and the next, then the next week and the next. Then the next month. And all those good intentions evaporate into nothingness.

Lately, I’ve come to believe that the way to make a change, to learn something new and make it part of your life is to commit to it daily, to do something toward that goal everyday.

I suppose I could do that here, but Twitter seemed a better approach, more suited to the small steps forward that I think will help me achieve my goals.

So, a week ago, I started off, and for my first goal, I chose communicating more effectively. I am fortunate to work with many effective communicators. And I watch as the people in a meeting hang on every word they say, but turn deaf ears to what I say—even when we’re basically saying the same thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pitched an idea in a meeting that met with lukewarm reception, and then someone else pitched the same idea a half hour later that was received enthusiastically. So, I decided to focus on this skill of effective communication for a while and see where it takes me.

As guides, I have two books: 1) The Power to Connect by Teresa and Chuck Easler and Words that Change Minds by Shelle Rose Charvet.

Each day, I read from these books and make my notes in Twitter: LLLearningLab. Follow along with me as I work day-by-day to become a better communicator.

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1. Kathryn Walker - July 18, 2009

Twitter me the insights found, please, I am intrigued by it. I am in process of locating the books you mentioned, the description you give sounds like good fuel can be found in those pages. Sporadic at best describes me, but value to communication on this topic.

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2. cjescribano - September 29, 2009

Hey Kathy!!
Sorry it’s taken me SO long–more than 2 months (SHAMEFUL!)–for me to get back to you on this comment. I’m glad you liked the idea. Unfortunately, my experiment ended sometime back in July when I got too busy. I really need to resurrect this one. Did you buy the books and stuff? Maybe we can help each other out.

3. Learning a Little at a Time « LifeLongLearningLab - February 28, 2010

[…] Example: My Twitter Experiment Last summer, I conducted a Twitter experiment to apply this approach. Here’s what I […]


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