Nothing has propelled me more in the world of Communications than this global pandemic. While I was already immersed in it, I found myself having to adapt to be even more immersed – curating and creating content that are out of my comfort zone. At work, I was given the task to create external and internal informational video campaigns in addition to my present roles. Part of the responsibility is supervising two college interns who are studying Creative Media. No two days are alike, but it’s exciting to delve in video production using my present skills in campaign management, program coordination, and graphic design.
As a Comms student myself, I find the experience very knowledge-driven. I am always learning by trial and error, especially learning how to take “failures” with grace. When working on a project or campaign, I found it best to be flexible when it comes to failed attempts and learning to reroute rather than staying stuck. Coincidentally, I just listened to a TED Radio Hour podcast episode about this, Failure is an Option. It was aired in 2016 but the content, information, and wisdom of the message still stands.
Great dreams aren’t just visions. They’re visions coupled with strategies for making them real.Astro Teller, TED Radio Hour: Failure is an Option
This is the ideology I’m cultivating in my personal life and career. I want to face failure in its eyes with the confidence of knowing I can try again. Astro Teller works at an innovation lab by Google called X. Dubbed as a Moonshot Factory, X and Astro, advocates for failure. On the episode, he mentions celebrating failed projects by giving bonuses to people who decide to scrap those projects. The idea of failure as an option is a form of wisdom, it takes courage to let go of a beloved project or campaign, but letting go and moving forward can open other ideas and opportunities that may be better than the initial vision.
Being strategic is equally as important to knowing when to accept failure. Strategies help make ideas real, tangible. Without strategy, there’s no point of action to get the ball rolling. This part of comms is what excites me most, I love setting strategies – making each gear on a project function on a collective level. I’m not shocked that I love strategizing projects, I always enjoyed looking at the bigger picture then working my way towards the smaller bits. One of my main goals while working on a project is to envision what the result would look like. Of course, it will undergo many changes by the finish line but it keeps things in perspective.
My vision for Uncommplicated is to highlight conversations, communities, and the consciousness of what it’s like to learn and navigate in the field of communications. In the ever-changing tech environment, the goal is to simplify while remaining engaged. A major portion of this, I hope, is to savor the experience, not only to exist but to really take part in it. Communications is a vast interconnecting web of stuff that work together and is put-forth in society. It works and sometimes, it doesn’t. Let’s learn more…
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Wonderful first entry! I look forward to following along!
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