Think Before You Tweet, Post, Blog

In a generation where social media is extremely popular it is easy for many to state their own personal opinions without thinking about how it will affect others first. What you put out on social media sites, stays on social media sites. What you post on social media sites, is a direct representation of yourself, it reflects your character and allows others to know the type of person that you are. Be careful what you say because once its out there, it is out there for good.

Like many young adults in this day and age I am a huge fan all the different ways to communicate through social media such as, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Pinterest and even text messaging. It’s important for people to  understand that there is a proper way to use social media and also an improper way. Whatever we post on social media sites is out there for good, even if you delete it, there is still a way for it to be retrieved. We need to understand that not everyone is our friends, not everyone needs to know all of our business and not everyone can be trusted.

Today, before most employers decide to hire a person one of the first things they do is visit their Facebook or Twitter to get some additional background information on them. What does your Facebook say about you? If you are posting pictures of you in scandalous clothing and playing beer pong with friends that’s already going to give the employer an idea of the type of person that you are. Be sure to be aware of everything that you post it is a direct reflection of your overall character. If you are constantly posting sad and depressing things then that will give people the impression that you are a sad and depressed individual. On the flip side if you post things that help others and is always positive then that will be the character that people will expect for you to have.

One of my biggest pet peeves is to see people post negative things about a particular person or group on social media sites. Don’t you realize that by doing this you are way worse than that person? Not only is it childish to post rude remarks about others but it is also very disrespectful. When you spread rumors about other people that affects the way others view them as well, which can ruin some of the relationships they have. It is important to approach people face to face with any issues that you may be experiencing with them. This will solve so many controversies.

Lastly, I want to mention that even though social media can be a fun way to communicate with others, do not forget the traditional ways of communicating. It’s always great to sit down and have a face to face conversation with someone. It is also exciting to get a call and be able to hear someone’s voice rather than engage in a super-long-text conversation. So remember that from time to time make an effort to go back to these old methods.

Overall with everything that you do, be careful with what you tweet, post, blog and say to others.

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Great Communication Will Get You Far

Texting has become one of the most popular forms of communication Build Great Communication Skills

Look around, communication is everywhere. As the two friends laugh obnoxiously as they recall the events from last night, slapping each others shoulders and nearly being in tears. As the two lovers sit in the night holding hands and gazing into each others eyes. As the three siblings converse with the expression of joy on their faces. Let’s face it you cannot hide from communication.

Take a moment to think about how you communicate with others. Do you look people in the eyes when you engage in conversation or do you shyly look in other directions? Do you cross your arms as if you are uninterested or do you use your hands to emphasis what you are trying to say?

Having good communication skills is so important in the society we live in today. It can truly make or break you. It can guarantee you a career and make it as though you have no chance at all of getting it. That is why one must learn good communication skills in order to excel in the world.

First key element to good communication is, verbal communication. It is all about what you say and how you say it. Pay close attention to the words that come out of your mouth. Be sure to think before you speak it can really affect the way others view you. Speak with clarity allow for others to understand you, do not mumble or speak too softly.

Second key element is your physical body language. Stand tall and alert. Do not cross your arms it shows uninterest in conversation. Smile, a smile can say a thousand words. Respect the other person you are talking to, look them in the eyes stand in a manner that says ‘I am listening.’

Working on those things mentioned above will be a sure way to make you someone that people will enjoy communicating with.

Below are some helpful quotes of encouragement to help you get through any type of communication situation:

‘I may not be able to control what happens, but I can control what happens next.’

‘You want to be the one to make the lasting impression.’

‘Keep your eyes open you never know what you’re gonna see.’

‘The person that helps them solve the mental conflict is the one that gets the job.’

‘Don’t work harder on your education than you do you, or else you’ll be an educated fool.’

‘Never simply answer the question. Question the question then give an answer.’

‘The worst thing you can do is talk about yourself, their will be plenty of people who will do that for you.’

‘You gotta get the philosophy right about you.’

‘Goals are thoughts until you put a time on them.’

‘Trust is given as you earn it.’

‘Leaders are always under assessment’

I hope all this helps, be the best you can be for you! With great communication skills you will strive in the business world, in personal relations and just in everyday life.

Help Someone

Take a moment to think about all the people you have come across in life that have helped you in some way. Think about where you would be without them and how much you appreciate them for all they have done. For if it wasn’t for them you wouldn’t have that job, that knowledge for that task or just confidence to feel like you Can Do It! Those special people who came into your life you will remember forever and it’s all because of the simply fact that they helped you.

As I sit, just reflecting on the kind people I have encountered in my life, I can’t help but feel the need to give back to others as well. You never know how much you can directly change someones’ life by just reaching out and giving them a helping hand. Giving back to others after someone has given to you is such a beautiful thing. It is only right to do this. So take the time to just help someone.

It takes leadership to help a person. As college students we are all building ourselves up to be leaders out there in the world someday. We are learning and gaining the proper skills to get us ready to take over. As we go throughout this process we are meeting leaders that are currently out there in the world. They are teaching us how to do things in order to one day pass the torch over to us.

We do not have to be where we want ourselves to be in life, in order to help others. Just by taking the time to want to further our education we are already at a position where we can help someone. There is always someone below us that is looking for that guidance, advice and push into the right direction. By being that mentor to them and showing them how you got to where you are, you are building them up with joy to feel that they can do the same.

People need people to thrive. You ever hear the popular saying, ‘It’s all about connections.’ This is so true. The people you decide to surround yourself with will make a direct impact on you in either a positive or negative way. So choose to be around the right people. The people who want to better themselves and are working hard to get there and the people that made it to the top and can help you get there too. But don’t just soak it all in for your own enjoyment pass that information on to someone else so they can better themselves too.

Life is too short to sit back and later regret. That boy without a father needs you to step in and be that positive influence. That girl with little confidence needs you to step in and show her that she is totally capable. Be a leader and help those that need help. Step out on a limb and take a chance. Pay it forward.

Blog Comments

First Comment: 1. 9/19/12 2. What’s in a Name? from a blogger 3. I agree! The name a parent chooses for their child can great affect their over all life. Names have meanings for a reason. It’s important to really take the time to consider what one is naming someone or something because it could have an overall effect on how it is represented 4. http://kimberlypackard.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/whats-in-a-name/#comment-517

2nd Comment: 1. 9/24/12 2.Winter’s coming (at last)?! from a blogger 3.  Winter is such a beautiful season. Aside from the frost bitten hands, time spent defrosting your car, and waking up to cold air…Everything else is a bliss! The early dark night skies, the ice on the trees and the radiant blanket of white snow covering the city. Oh how I love winter! http://coventryalloveragain.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/winters-coming-at-last/comment-page-1/#comment-75

3rd Comment: 1. 9/29/12 2. Employee Relations from blogger 3. I really agree with this. With every job it is important to have great management. If the managers are not properly doing their job then the employees will not properly do their job. Having managers that know how to respect individuals and  also have a passion for the organization that they work for, will lead to them training employees with charisma and in a way that will prepare them for the job at hand. A good company starts with good management. http://jwhitmirethoughts.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/employee-relations/#comment-2

4th comment: 1. 9/29/12 2. Meet Dave and Dan 3. “Just Do it,” is such an amazing slogan. To see it still be super effective in the world we live in today nearly 30 years after it was developed says an awful lot. It’s remarkable what advertising agencies are able to come up with. Truly the best of the best are acknowledge and credited with more customers. http://caseynull.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/29/#comments

5th comment: 1. 11/18/12 2. Liz classmate 3. Liz,
I really enjoyed this post. This topic was very interesting to me and the way you broke it down made and very informative and beneficial. I can see you are on the right track with choosing a career that is a great thing!
Amber http://liztief.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/health-care-pr/

6th comment: 11/18/12 2. Top 4 ways for children to prevent getting skin cancer 3.  Benny,
This are great tips that people very often forget.
Amber http://benballa.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/top-4-ways-for-children-and-teens-to-prevent-of-skin-cancer/comment-page-1/#comment-6

7th comment: 11/18/12 2. The 4 reasons why you should make your press release digital 3. Chaz,
This was a good post. It was well put together and convincing!
Amber http://chazjennings.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/the-4-top-things-why-you-should-make-your-press-release-digital/comment-page-1/#comment-25

8th comment: 11/18/12 2. Importance of promotion in the music industury Evan 3. Evan,
Great post, I love music!
Amber http://evanlovejoy.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/importance-of-promotion-in-the-music-industry/comment-page-1/#comment-27

9th comment: 11/18/12 2. Advertising! 3. Loved this post! I love ads too, so many are just super creative!
Amber http://ginaosucomm.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/advertising/comment-page-1/#comment-15

10th comment: 11/18/12 2. Useful grammar tips from grammar girl 3. These are great reminders that I think many of us tend to forget! http://osusamduff.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/useful-tips-from-grammar-girl/comment-page-1/#comment-15

Hello world!

My name is Amber Victoria McGinnis. I am a 4th year at The Ohio State University majoring in communications with an minor in media productions.

One day I want to be on TV. I want to be that reporter you see when you turn on the TV in the morning giving you all the important information you need to know about the world you live in. I want to travel, meet new people and make a difference. There is only so much in this city I grew up in of Columbus, Ohio and I cannot wait to get the opportunity to step outside of it and make a difference.

I am a singer. Though I do not have a record deal or anything, my shower head gets to see some of my best performances as well as my best friends. There is just something about the way a voice is an instrument that we are born with. We can produce any sound with a simple breath and some creativity.

 I am a dancer I do spiriutal dancing for my church . There is just something about the way a body moves to music, creating a story with each graceful step. One can truly express so many emotions through dance and just draw people in with the beauty of it.

I am a child of God, living my life truly to serve and obey him. For with everything I do, I do it to glorify the man upstairs. Patience and obedience will get me to where I truly belong in this life.