Communicating For Life

Communicating for LifeSpring semester is starting up at Visible Music College (though it is, by no means, spring weather waking up to 10F temperature!). We’re kicking off with what we call BLITZ classes – teaching a few general education courses over an intense, 2-week period in an effort to help students focus more on studies of their musical/production/business craft during the normal semester.

One of those BLITZ gen ed classes is Public Communication. It’s actually new on the table. I’ll be teaching it and the main text of the class is Quentin Schultze’s Communicating For Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media. Continue reading

Reacting & Responding

You might have never thought much about it, but when it comes to communication, I think there is a difference between these two all-important words: reacting and responding.

How do I see them as different from one another?

Reacting seems to be more immediate, jumping to conclusions very quickly, and, therefore, this can lead to heated communication. Here there is a lack of wisdom.

Responding, for me, points more to seasoned wisdom, in the sense of not immediately speaking without first thinking through the implications.

For many, this might simply be a case of semantics. But, as I understand communication, these are two quite different words. One is more helpful (responding); one is not as helpful (reacting). This is true in real-life person to person communication and in the midst of the world wide web (we call it the internet today).

As follower of the Christ, I believe we are called to be responders and not reactors, even when righteous anger is called for in the midst of injustice.