Hi guys! Sorry for the radio, or shall I say...video/podcast silence recently. I know that I haven't been on here in awhile. I could say that I got kidnapped by a pack of wolves and lived in the forest for awhile (SO COOL/untrue), but instead I'll tell you the truth.
As Founder of my consultancy Bon Intent, I've been heavily focused these past few months on my client work. Right now I'm wrapping up a huge project for a healthcare company that I greatly admire. Being much more time-constrained, the podcast just didn't feel right...at least not right now. As much as I loved interviewing our inspiring guests, it was taking me 12 hours per episode. Also, as someone who specializes in communication, I realized that one key component was missing: Visual Communication!
Enter solution: Short videos! Since November 2016, I've been creating short 1-min Q&A videos on a new platform called Whale. People have been asking me tons of communication questions, which is awesome because then I get to help people with communication topics of their choice. A Whale of a win for everyone!
I'm honored to be a Featured Communications Expert on Whale, and happy to answer your questions, so please add me and ask away here: https://askwhale.com/add/jennmchoi
Needless to say, I really believe that video is a powerful tool for communication. My vision is to take those 1-min Q&As, and then expand upon the answer in longer videos to teach people abut communication very soon. You can also get to know me better by watching some of my Whale videos.
I would love to hear from you so see you on Whale!
It's super important to simplify your message. In this digital age, people often use overly complicated terms. What I find helpful in explaining things is seeing if it comes out naturally when you say it out loud in conversation.
Last month I was at Distributed:Health, the world's first blockchain technology healthcare conference which took place in Nashville, Tennessee. Blockchain is a relatively new technology which has so much potential to impact the world, and yet it can be quite complex to explain. During the conference, I tried to think of simpler ways to explain it.
Check out the video for an example of how to explain complex language in simplified terms.
Check out our first Cup of Comms On-The-Go video, from the beautiful city of Kotor in Montenegro!
BONUS: It comes with a language lesson+ scenic tour of Montenegro, a beautiful country in Southeast Europe. Join us for a little 2-minute summer getaway!
I'm driving a catalyst right now.
Talking to strangers? Getting into stranger's cars? When we were kids in the yesteryears past, our moms cautioned us not to do those things. But, we live in a different world now, powered by the latest technology. Now you can summon a ride, and meet new people along the way, all with the click of a button in rideshare apps such as Uber & Lyft.
Yup, this is the amazing world that we live in today! In this shared economy, communities are built, romances blossom, businesses are founded, new best friends are made...and it's all possible in the backseat of a car. All you have to do is talk to a stranger. ;) Still not convinced?
Hear from our special guest and superstar driver Robert "Tito" Gargollo, Jr, who is no stranger to talking to strangers. He's a family man and mortgage consultant who has served our country as a U.S. Marine. Now he serves us as a friendly and awesome Uber & Lyft driver in San Francisco.
In this episode, we'll hear about:
Connecting With Robert aka "Tito":
Who knows, you might find yourself riding in his car in an Uber or Lyft! :) For a free ride or driving bonus, please use the following promo codes or click the links below.
Think about what's in it for people on the other end--what it's like to be in their shoes.
As a Greek philosopher once said, "The only thing constant is change." Ain't that the truth? Change is all around us, especially in a fast-paced world expedited by technology. Changes whiz right by us at home with our families, and at work with our colleagues. It's important to communicate change, but where do we start?
Find out how to communicate change from Melissa Lewis, a Senior Communications Manager at Genentech and a superhero mom. Tune in as she recounts changes in her life, from a childhood move to Ireland and a sibling who has shaped her, to a career in change management.
In this episode, we'll talk about:
Connecting with Melissa:
You can connect with her on Linkedin here.
I remember getting the call...and my world just exploded.
In 2013, Carol Herring was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her life changed forever. In our interview, she tells her story of survival, and shares valuable advice about how to communicate with cancer. Her positive attitude is inspirational, and her smile infectious.
Many of us know someone who has had cancer, or for some, have experienced it first-hand. But sometimes we simply avoid discussing it and don't know what to say when talking about cancer with a loved one. Do you call? Do you reach out? And on the patient side, how do you ask for help?
In this episode, we'll talk about:
Connecting with Carol:
She's an amazing human being. We welcome thoughts and questions in the comments below, but if you would like to connect with Carol and drop her a personal note you can do so via email.
We're thrilled that you've joined us for a Cup of Comms! :) This is something that we've been brewing for a while now.
In the time that it takes you to sit down and have a cup of your favorite coffee or tea, you could tune in to learn about communication. Consider this our coffee date invite. ;) People communicate every single day, yet we often don't even think about it. What we're hoping to do at Cup of Comms is bring mindfulness to communication. We'll tell stories and share advice, in an engaging and casual format. It'll be like you're in the room with us, whether you're driving in your car, are on a run, or having breakfast.
In our podcast episodes, we'll be interviewing guests on a wide range of communication topics. Ever wonder what is the most effective way to quickly communicate an emergency to a 911 dispatcher? Or how to truly get your point across in a business meeting? How about communicating in relationships? We will delve into all the little nuances and big questions surrounding communication.
Looking forward to filling your cup with communications advice, one conversation at a time. See you for the next sip!