Thursday, March 9, 2017

relevance in clarity, interpretation, and intent

Relevance can be defined as the quality or state of being closely connected or appropriate. 

Clarity can mean the quality of being clear specifically the quality of coherence and intelligibility.

Interpretation is the action of explaining the meaning of something otherwise know as clarification.

Intent is the aim, goal, objective, purpose, or target of an actin or thought.

The relevance of interpretation in this course is defined by the very nature of so many students from so many countries, cultures, political, religious, and other backgrounds. Differing genres of fields of expertise in dance only adds to the layers of differences and similarities between students and colleagues.

Knowing our intent is to further recognize the knowledge we have accumulated through life experience and the desire to further enhance our awareness of our profession. However, each person;s intent varies based on that individual's specialized field of study/dance genre and what the individual wishes to accomplish with the knowledge gained during this portion of life's journey.

As I continue to say and write translation is paramount to understanding what each of us has to say and how we approach our individual careers and courses of study. I cannot begin to imagine what each individual student is choosing to pursue and develop as his/her process in this journey. I only know that words are powerful and often many multiple meanings. Some languages do not have words, phrases, or interpretations that translate or correspond to English, American or British.

Many of us make assumptions of knowledge others should have based on the fact we are all considered professionals in this course. The reality for me is that I feel like one of my students learning for the first time. I have been exposed to many different cultures and forms of dance in my life journey. That limited exposure, however, does not mean I have a full understanding and comprehension of every specific topic being discussed during our Skype chats.

I find interesting the following questions:

1. If our professional experience is personal because it is our own, when does personal experience become professional? If we live and breathe our careers as many of us do, is there a true division of personal and professional?

2. If our writing is to be about personal experience, AOL or research projects, at what point must we be able to distinguish between using peer review sources or other sources such as oped columns or reviews pertaining to our chosen writing and/or research?

3. At what point must we step away from our personal opinions and hopes when doing studies for research to ensure objectivity in our work?

Relevance is defined in this course by what is important to our individual pursuits.

Clarity is necessary as our writing and discussion is being heard or read by people from many differing viewpoints as defined by our own personal lives.

Interpretation is defined by how we interpret words and ideas from one culture or language to another and how we then understand those words to represent a theme or topic.

Intent should define the relevance, clarity, and interpretation and translation of what we say and write. Without clarity in our intent will our words and thoughts ever make the impression we hope to convey to others? Will our efforts be a failure or a success?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

effective communication

After the last Skype call,  I thought I would write about effective communication. However, the topic raised many questions for me.

If we do not necessarily have black and white defined questions and answers in our course of investigation through this degree then is any one specific type of communication the best, most accurate, or effective for correspondence?

For many people, writing about topics immediately after the monthly Skype chats best fits their schedules. Writing immediately after discussion can be a great thought process yet it may not allow us to fully explore varying possibilities.

I talked about trying to define when personal life becomes professional and is professional life always personal. I did not specify that my question pertained to teaching and choreography methods so some of the chat went into the development of students becoming part of an instructor's family due to the amount of time and care teachers provide their students. So I now ask are the students more a part of a community than family?

Just this morning I had a member of my family write me to question the professionalism of a coach who was late showing up for a competition in which her daughter was participating. My family member arrived on time which was early as she had been told the meet might start early if all of the competition staff was in place. Instead of focusing on the reality of her daughter being early and not missing her performance/competition moment she has chosen to focus on the coach's tardiness. This coach like myself is not just a coach but the owner of her business. As a business owner there are times when the business develops a life of its own and throws many obstacles in one's way. I do believe owners, coaches, and instructors should follow the guidelines they set forth for their students/clientele; however, I know that sometimes mishaps and other challenges arise. As a business owner I have to draw a line where what happens and may impact my ability to be or appear professional and on time is my personal business not something to be discussed with customers, students, and their families.

Was this communication effective as my family member was able to participate in the competition because she followed instructions and arrived early? Or was this not effective correspondence because the business owner/coach did not make clear the reality that she might not be early?

Personal vs. professional. Communication on a need to know basis. Simplified examples of the questions we discussed that still do not give me clarity as to how best to communicate with others in this course of study.

I am old fashioned and do not like blogging. Email is a big enough pain in my backside. Facebook takes too much time.

How many people will read this blog since it was not written within the first week after our last Skype chat? I did not read blogs after the last chat until today. Personal and professional schedules impact when and how we communicate. If talking or writing family members takes priority before customers and students then where does reading and writing blogs fit into the order of important communication skills?

Many more questions and not any real answers.