In this holiday season, we spend a lot of time with family, and I was thinking about how communication happens within groups. We talk to those who live with us every day, and we talk to students in our classrooms every day. We talk to friends at church or other groups once a week, and we talk to our Chapters once a month. But what goes on in between time? Do we think about our Chapter sisters or our State Teams? Do we meet one on one with some of them? Do we call those who couldn't come just to say hello? Or do we simply forget about them until the next month?
How we communicate and how often we communicate depends on our purposes for communicating. Research shows that for communication to be effective, it has to be regular, often, and repeated. It wasn't that way 1936 when Omega State was organized, and it certainly wasn't that way when I was growing up. When I was told to do something, I just did it the first time. When I agreed to do something, I just did it immediately.
But as our values have changed, so have our styles of communication. At 90, my father can't remember lots of things so I patiently remind him. And we need this kind of repeated, patient reminders with each other too because though we're not all octogenarians, we're all busy. We forget. We live in a world of instant, frequent communication--text, snapchat, and millions of other tools, we're so busy we need to be reminded, and we've got the technology to do it. We just need the practice.
President Pettit and President Barzdukas built momentum for us to communicate effectively. They helped us use email and Go To Meeting, and created and re-created our website to communicate more often and spread our leadership ideas quickly across the state. Now we're even looking at technologies to form online Chapters, and International has piloted a new handy app for iPhones that allows quick easy access to dkg.org.
Omega Peaks grew in methods of distribution and numbers of publications per year. Editor and Webmaster, Nancy Scofield emails a copy to Chapter Presidents who email it out to members and make copies for members who prefer hard copies. Nancy also posts The Peaks on dkgcolorado.weebly.com where members can access it online at home or at the public library. Some of our members even get their grandkids to show it to them on mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. It's now easier and quicker than ever to share our great ideas!
I've invited State Teams to share tips with Chapter Representatives each month, and Dr. Patricia Champion of the Leadership Development Team has begun sending out emails and posting tips dkgcolorado.weebly.com. My second State Goal is We're growing leaders; we're growing as leaders, and I hope you can use Trish's tips to grow as leaders within your Chapters. In addition, look for the Pre-Conference Leadership Training that will be announced on our website soon!
I'm asking each of you to think about how you communicate with other DKG members--how often, how positively, how patiently you remind your sisters, and I'm challenging you to enter 2018 with a new plan for staying in touch on a regular basis. Whom have you not seen lately? Whom should you call, email, or write a praise note to?
We're all busy, but it only takes a moment to wish you a truly Happy New Year in 2018!