How wild and crazy was I during my youth? I shared my religious and political views with abandon. Oh, the stories I could tell …
Over time, I’ve made adjustments to the way I communicate. In my experience, addressing hot-button topics on Facebook often does more harm than good. Also, spending time on social media makes me realize how much I appreciate posts with positive tones, and that affects what I share.
As a spiritually-minded person and Bible student and teacher, I enjoy talking about God. I’m also intensely interested in politics and other societal matters. There was a time when that was part of The Thinkery. I hosted meetups where we studied the Bible or discussed abortion, and I wrote blog posts about gun control and stuff the attorney general said.
A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to make The Thinkery about three things:
- thinker skills and traits
- cognitive health and performance
- thoughtful living
I determined that The Thinkery’s purpose should be more focused. I want to use it — not to share my views on hot-button issues — but to cultivate thinker skills and traits, cognitive health and performance, and thoughtful living.
I still think that it’s important to study and teach the Bible and to discuss spiritual and societal matters, but I do it elsewhere. I created a separate brand (website and social media) for that purpose.
This is my current communication plan:
- The Thinkery is where I talk about thinker skills and traits, cognitive health and performance, and thoughtful living.
- My personal brand is where I talk about my views on significant issues.
- I use my personal Facebook profile to share with my friends what’s going on in my life, with an intention to keep it positive.
- My Twitter account is a mix of my personal brand and my personal life.
- When I’m interacting with people one-on-one, I make the conversation relevant to all parties. There are some people with whom I discuss politics (not because we have the same views but because we have the same respectful approach). There are some with whom I talk about photography or nature. There are a few people who are great spiritual community for me.
I’m not talking about a “right” or “wrong” way to communicate. I am talking about being thoughtful and intentional about where, when, and how you communicate.
If you don’t already do it, I encourage you to think about how you use social media, dinner conversations, and other venues of communication. What fits you? What works well? What achieves the results you’re looking for? If you don’t already have a communication plan, it’s a great time to make one. If you already have one, it might be a good time to revisit it and see whether it could benefit from any adjustments.
Whatever you do, live thoughtfully!