Monday, September 15, 2014

The Most Important Aspect of Communication

Everybody knows what communication is; the conversion of thoughts and images into ideas that can be spread among many people in a way that they can easily understand. For example, if I am in a situation where I need help with some particular task, such as jumping my car when it will not start, my primary tool for acquiring said help is communication. Communication requires both language and rhetoric; the right words in the right context, presented in the right way, in order to be truly effective.

Given the above information, the most important aspect of communication is its ability to bring very different people together and unite them towards a goal. Although humans are capable of much intelligence, we are incapable of doing incredible things all by ourselves. For example, you, the reader, could not be reading my blog if it wasn't for the existence of the internet, a feat that required several people collaborating together to come into existence, and the knowledge of which no one person holds by themselves.

All of the greatest aspects of the modern world, from medicine and pharmaceuticals, to rich, vast history of our species, are so complex that "encyclopedic" knowledge of any topic in existence is practically impossible. In order to maintain our greatness as a species and continue growing over time, we must continue specializing in tasks that are useful for the endeavors of humanity. Thus, in order for modern society to be successful, everyone must learn to communicate efficiently and effectively, so that a greater collaboration of ideas can maintain the intellectual infrastructure of the 21st century.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Goals of BCM

Hello there!

My name is Matthew Nelson and I am a student at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. I am making this blog post in accordance with the requirements of my Integrated Communication in Business course. In doing so, I hope to hone my skills in professionally communicating with co-workers or managers in a professional setting through the medium of writing.

Funny enough, I am also taking a minor in Rhetoric in Writing Studies, which is essentially the study of how to use discourse to effectively get messages across to one's desired audience. Thus, I already have academic experience in most of the course learning goals listed in the class syllabus. However, I still anticipate working hard in class and reading the supplementary reading material in order to hone my writing skills and keep more complex ideas fresh in my head.

I also hope to get hired for an internship with a major accounting firm next Winter semester. Doing so will require me to communicate with recruiters and potential employers in a manner that displays professionalism as well as competence. Thus, I am especially excited about the section of the course going over how to properly prepare a resume and cover letter.

As I enter the beginning of Integrated Communication in Business, I am excited to develop writing skills, both old and new, and learning how to apply them in a way that better prepares me for the business world. Although the task is daunting, I know that with hard work and dedication, I can grow as a writer as well as a potential employee.