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Mike Massimino, aka Astro_Mike, one of the astronauts on a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, sent the social media world abuzz and made history with the first tweet from outer space.
Hundreds of thousands of people were part of the conversation through the power of technology. Isn’t it cool that distance is no longer a barrier to communication?
This tweet came just days after the new Star Trek movie hit the theaters. So we decided to look there for examples of out of this world communication.
Before we get into quotes from Star Trek, I’ve heard from several female friends that a guy on a first date should never say, “My hero is Captain James Kirk.”
And don’t to a Trekkie convention for your first date either! That’s not very romantic.
I think it highlights that, whether in romance or not, when you’re communicating with someone for the first time, it’s good to listen. It’s not all about you.
Try to discover your mutual interests instead of just talking about yourself. Of course, if you do happen to be talking with a bigg fan of Star Trek, then “engage” as Captain Jean-Luc Picard would say.
The Next Generation was my favorite of the series. I loved Picard’s leadership style and the dynamic he had with the crew, particularly #1, Commander Will T. Riker.
“Make it so” to move to action
Another famous Picard saying. The crew would discuss the issue at hand. Picard was great at listening to the input of his team. Finally, he would say “make it so” and the discussion would end.
As the leader, you reach a point where you have to make a decision and communicate it so you and your team can get on with implementing it.
“I concur” to shorten meetings
From the Where Silence has Lease episode, Picard gives a command to abort autodestruct. The computer asks Riker if he concurs. Riker responds, “Yes, absolutely, I do indeed concur wholeheartedly!” Picard responds that a “simple ‘yes’ would have sufficed.”
This made us think of meetings. One person says something. The next person agrees with what was just said. However, they repeat everything – perhaps in different words. Nothing is added to the conversation.
It’s an important communication because it shows that there is a consensus. But instead of going on and on about the same thing, ask your team to simply say “I concur”.
Even a simple “yes” will suffice! You’ll find your meetings will be much more productive.
“Never lose you. Never.”
This quote is from The Naked Time, an episode in the original series, Captain Kirk utters these words in a room by himself.
While we may be stretching his meaning here a bit, it made us think about the most important communication of all: self-communication. You have to find a way within yourself to stay true to yourself and encourage yourself so you can keep pushing on.
All motivation is self-motivation.
Oh, but don’t forget one important rule about this one – don’t do it out loud if there are people around!
The new movie
We liked Christopher Pike’s line to Kirk:
“You've always had a hard time finding your place in this world, haven't you? Never knowing your true worth. You can settle for less in ordinary life, or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special."
We have a friend who says, “Do you want me to tell you what you want to hear or what you need to hear? Because I’m happy to do this either way.”
It’s not always easy to listen to what we need to hear. However, sometimes the best communication isn’t what we want to hear.
This quote from Star Trek also emphasizes that – when criticism is required – we should be constructive and move as quickly as we can to encouragement. Veer to the positive so you build up the person with whom you’re talking.
We couldn’t leave out the tribbles!
One of the most famous Star Trek episodes is The Trouble with Tribbles from the original series. Scotty explains how he finally got rid of the little creatures:
“Just before they went into warp, I beamed the whole kit and kaboodle into their engine room, where they'll be no tribble at all."
Nobody knows the tribble we’ve seen!
It’s good to inject humor into almost any conversation. Word plays are often a great source of humor. See how many ways you can use the same word or phrase to keep the laughs going!
Communication brings us, and keeps us, together. Improving communication skills is a key to being a bigg success in any world. Live long and prosper!
Do you have a favorite out of this world communication?
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