Presidential address: XXII
“Be innovative”, is the mantra that we hear from different corners in our daily life. In our aspirational journey to become better speakers and leaders, do we have to be innovative?
An effective communication has two parts, a technical part and obviously an “non-technical” part. The tools and tips that we learn from Toastmasters will only cover the technical part of effective communication. The “non-technical” part includes Individualized life experiences and its aftermath which cannot be domesticated and packaged as a framework. To experiment with “non-technical” part of communication we have to experiment with our life. The diverse experience that we have on a topic will make us better speakers on that area. No one would like to hear the same ideas/approaches again and again. An idea, which is new, effective and different from traditional approaches, is considered as innovative. So, “be innovative” has a role in effective communication. Now the question boils down to, how can we become innovative in our approaches?
Experts say, practicing a three step plan will inject the spirit of innovation in our blood.
- Do at least one new thing everyday.
We don’t have to aim for extraordinary efforts for doing something new everyday. Something simple but new will do the trick. Eg: Adjusting the CPU to get a more leg space or arranging the items on your table in a different manner or finding a new route to reach office from your stay will all introduce new energy into our daily life and promote us to be comfortable with experiments.
- Be imaginative
Analyse all situations or problems from different angles and find multiple solutions to a problem. Identify best solution from the identified solutions. Imagination is the beginning of a creation.
- Put constraints on yourself
Deliberately limit your time, budget, or resources. Next time you encounter an innovation-crushing roadblock, allow yourself to feel the frustration and even a sense of resignation. But then challenge yourself to overcome it and to actually embrace its limitation. A ‘Beautiful Constraint’ may sound like an oxymoron, but therein lies its challenge and effectiveness.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Being innovative is a lifestyle. It is an approach to our life. We cannot be innovative only from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM. Let us try to be innovative approaches in our life and that will eventually give us enough uniqueness to become effective communicators and leaders.