Interests

Interests

Interests

My interests

My interests

My interests

17 July 2023

17 July 2023

17 July 2023

Dissecting communication

I'm interested in investigating communication not just for my job as a Chief of Staff, a core function of which is helping others communicate, but also to be able to become a better-rounded person.

There's a surfeit of advice out there on communicating effectively, persuasively, clearly (insert more adverbs here). These address the top layer of the metaphorical onion: writing, reading and speaking.

But I'm curious about the layers below that top layer, that invisibly make or break communication. Quality of listening, collective language, perception of the self, linguistic determinism… these are just a handful of the layers I'm keen to leisurely dissect over time.

Dissecting communication

I'm interested in investigating communication not just for my job as a Chief of Staff, a core function of which is helping others communicate, but also to be able to become a better-rounded person.

There's a surfeit of advice out there on communicating effectively, persuasively, clearly (insert more adverbs here). These address the top layer of the metaphorical onion: writing, reading and speaking.

But I'm curious about the layers below that top layer, that invisibly make or break communication. Quality of listening, collective language, perception of the self, linguistic determinism… these are just a handful of the layers I'm keen to leisurely dissect over time.

Dissecting communication

I'm interested in investigating communication not just for my job as a Chief of Staff, a core function of which is helping others communicate, but also to be able to become a better-rounded person.

There's a surfeit of advice out there on communicating effectively, persuasively, clearly (insert more adverbs here). These address the top layer of the metaphorical onion: writing, reading and speaking.

But I'm curious about the layers below that top layer, that invisibly make or break communication. Quality of listening, collective language, perception of the self, linguistic determinism… these are just a handful of the layers I'm keen to leisurely dissect over time.

Optimising for curiosity

Judging by the sliver of the online world I inhabit, it seems like this is one of the best times to be a creatively charged, hyper-curious person. We have tools that are empowering thought connections across time and space, communities that are growing cosier and more reflective and, of course, the never-ending rabbit-hole that is the internet.

At the same time, we're weighed down like Sisyphus by modern-day boulders: bureaucracy, societal and organisational expectations, hyperspecialisation, dated scripts for success, et cetera.

I'm interested in understanding how we might replenish this inspiration deficit and sample a new life mode that is optimised for curiosity and brings the necessary material returns, instead of the other way around.

Optimising for curiosity

Judging by the sliver of the online world I inhabit, it seems like this is one of the best times to be a creatively charged, hyper-curious person. We have tools that are empowering thought connections across time and space, communities that are growing cosier and more reflective and, of course, the never-ending rabbit-hole that is the internet.

At the same time, we're weighed down like Sisyphus by modern-day boulders: bureaucracy, societal and organisational expectations, hyperspecialisation, dated scripts for success, et cetera.

I'm interested in understanding how we might replenish this inspiration deficit and sample a new life mode that is optimised for curiosity and brings the necessary material returns, instead of the other way around.

Optimising for curiosity

Judging by the sliver of the online world I inhabit, it seems like this is one of the best times to be a creatively charged, hyper-curious person. We have tools that are empowering thought connections across time and space, communities that are growing cosier and more reflective and, of course, the never-ending rabbit-hole that is the internet.

At the same time, we're weighed down like Sisyphus by modern-day boulders: bureaucracy, societal and organisational expectations, hyperspecialisation, dated scripts for success, et cetera.

I'm interested in understanding how we might replenish this inspiration deficit and sample a new life mode that is optimised for curiosity and brings the necessary material returns, instead of the other way around.

© Sindhu Shivaprasad 2022

© Sindhu Shivaprasad 2022

© Sindhu Shivaprasad 2022