15 Feb

Balancing Academic and Practical Reading: Intercultural Communication + The Culture Map

This is rare. I usually avoid making book recommendations, but I actually enjoyed an academic textbook so much that I’m going to recommend it to anyone who works for a global company or works with a multi-cultural team. (If you work in ‪#‎techcomm‬, I’m more than recommending it. I’m insisting you read it.)

Unplanned Coincidence

I recently read an “academic” textbook at the same time that I happened to be listening to a “for leisure” audiobook on a similar topic (unplanned, but nice coincidence). I found the combination of the academic and the practical book very interesting and informative. It was like listening to two different versions of the same story but from very different storytellers. In addition, having to make connections, find similarities, and identify differences between the two books helped me to process and internalize the information better.

Plan Going Forward

This unplanned coincidence helped  me realize that I enjoy the combination of “scholarly” text with “non-scholarly” text.  I often read scholarly articles and practical articles in combination, so I’m not sure why I didn’t make this connection with books sooner. My brain craves variety,  so from this point forward (when available), I’m going to find a practical-skills book that compliments any academic textbook I’m reading and read/listen to them in combination.

Book-Combo Recommendation

Finally, here’s my first book-combo recommendation for anyone interested in practical skills and academic learning related to culture and communication.



01 Feb

How to find, store, and share Twitter Gold

I enjoy all the wonderful information shared on Twitter, but this fire hose of information is sometimes overwhelming. I’m a working mom and non-traditional student, so my social media time is very limited and, therefore, very valuable.  Finding “Twitter Gold” as fast as possible and with as little effort as possible is critical to me. I’ve done my best to automate and simplify the process–and I’m sure there are much better ways of doing this–but here’s how I find, store, and share my “Twitter Gold.”

Step 1. Twitter Lists  (Categorize) —  Hello, my name is Yvonne, and I am a Twitterholic. I love it. I can’t live without it.  I use Twitter to connect with people and organizations that share common interests with me (i.e., #techcomm, #scicomm, #marcomm, #highered, #elearning #edtech #womenintech, #dataviz, #openaccess #openeducation, #openscience, etc). Therefore, if I follow you on Twitter, it’s likely that I’ve added you to one of my  curated Twitter lists. (The majority of my Twitter lists are public, so feel free to peruse or subscribe to them.)

Step 2. Paper.li  (Aggregate) — Because of the amazing number of individuals and organizations that share my interests, I follow a healthy number of Twitter accounts, which means, it’s impossible to read all the tweets from these accounts. My curated Twitter lists help me address this issue (and so do #hashtags), but it’s still very likely that I’m missing some really amazing tweets. Therefore, I use Paper.li (which is a news aggregator) to filter out little nuggets of gold from my curated Twitter lists and my favorite #hashtags.  (I currently produce two papers using Paper.li: One is a news aggregation of communication stories, and one is a news aggregation of education stories.) 

Step 3. Storify (Curate) — Paper.li is a huge time saver, but then what do I do with all these lovely nuggets of gold I’ve found. Of course, I retweet them, but then what? That’s where Storify comes in. Storify allows me to create a curated list of tweets (and also add notes or annotations). I can then access these nuggets of gold, which are now categorized as “stories” at any time.  (My curated stories are also public.)

Step 4. Share — It’s too easy for me to find an excuse to avoid this last step.  I tell myself I just don’t have the time, but in reality it’s pretty simple. I have a blog and a LinkedIn profile (with access to the new publishing platform), so there is no excuse for not sharing my gold.