My friend Kevin is getting his PhD at the University of Kentucky, and, as such, has to pay his dues by teaching some pretty miserable Remedial Intro to Comms courses. During a recent visit, he asked me to take the load off his back by coming in to do a guest lecture – any lecture, about whatever the hell I wanted.
Despite the fact that these kids were just about the least likely people to get into any sort of writing or communications field, I decided to bestow upon them basically the entirety of the knowledge I had gathered working as a writer, marketer, and communicator for the past 7 years.
Taking pity on them, I decided to help them mitigate the perceived chore of decoding language by putting in lots of jokes and dumb pictures, but I still completely stand by the points I made: Good communication starts by being sincere, empathetic, enthusiastic, and most of all, human.
Writer, Guest Lecturer
Talk, Presentation, Sloppy-Ass Manifesto