While I was swimming this morning many thoughts wandered my mind concerning the topic I would write about today. I even settled on one subject, but somehow it slipped my mind again and I also forgot all the other thoughts. Now I try to use the remaining four minutes, until the meeting I have to attend, to celebrate my internet appearance with a blog post. Being new to the blogosphere I find it particularly difficult to decide what to write about. Often it comes in a whim. Who am I to publish an opinion on something I don't know enough about. Seldom, I take the time to reflect or even research the topic to undermine my comments with facts, so I actually could educate my readership. What will be the essence of my writing? What is its reason?
There are selfish reasons, of course they come first. As mentioned in my first post, I want to improve my speech, my ability to share my inner self and my ability to formulate an opinion. I also want to connect with my friends, want to catch their attention, just for a little moment. But I also want to entertain them, give them a good time and something to think about.
Of course I did not manage the alloted four minutes. Still pondering about communication I witnessed another important aspect of a scientists life, a lab meeting. I realized ones again how important it is to master the way to communicate research to others, not only to lay people but also to other scientists. I used to be convinced that only actions (and in respect to science facts) matter and speak for themselves, but in this world this is not true. It is the words that one uses that motivate and interest others. It is the charisma in ones speech, the enthusiasm and the choice of words.
I am off to my toastmasters meeting. What a communication-rich day today....