Am I A Mindful Communicator?

September 24, 2014

megaphoneGosh I love it when a personal and business friend’s name pops up on a social media site with a great blog post.  Surprise! Kevin Aschenbrenner, a law firm communications consultant, and grad school alumni of mine from Holy Names University in Oakland, has written a thoughtful and entertaining blog post: Am I A Mindful Communicator?

Here are the bullet points from his post:

  • Really listening to reporters, clients, and colleagues and keeping in mind who they are and where they are coming from. Maybe they just got dumped on by someone else, missed a deadline or spilled coffee all over their keyboard.
  • Letting go of my impulse to formulate a response in my head to what someone else is saying while they are saying it. That extra pause lets me respond in a more mindful, charitable way.
  • Keeping this saying from my days at ProfNet and PRNewswire front of mind: We’re all on the same team.
  • Be one of the good guys when it comes to pitching reporters: Respect deadlines and busy times, don’t be aggressive and don’t pitch garbage.
  • Realize that, as a handbook I got years ago when traveling on a Contiki tour said, “There are few things in life that are actually fatal.” And there is likely nothing I do in legal PR that could result in a fatality. So, chill out, dude.

Congrats dear Kevin, for a job well done.  Bravo.


CheckyChecky answers a simple question: how many times a day do I check my phone?  If you’re anything like me, the number is high and teeters on the brink of addiction. Yesterday I took BART from San Francisco to Berkeley.  I checked my phone at just about every stop.  A total of 10 times in less than 30 minutes.  This new app is much needed in our technology addicted culture.  I can only speak for myself, and my sense is that once I can actually observe this disturbing habit using data, I can monitor myself in a more mindful way.  This hyper-vigilance around instant gratification is unhealthy.  The way forward is to free up time that’s wasted on impulse phone checking and use it for more productive endeavors, allowing a sort of spaciousness to emerge.  From that expansive place, creativity can flow.  Tapping into this creative wellspring is good for business.