When I was little, I belonged to the Girl Scouts. I was a proud member and enjoyed every aspect of what it meant to be a part of that organization: doing community service projects, going on fun and educational field trips, enjoying the built-in friendships of my fellow “Brownies”, and showing off a nicely ironed sash full of badges that represented my various accomplishments. While munching on a Thin Mint recently (GS cookies have that amazing ability to taste delightful no matter how long they’ve been in your freezer), I started to think about this idea of merit badges. Although we may not all belong to the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts (anymore or ever), that doesn’t mean that we should stop trying to earn our badges (so-to-speak).
In previous posts I have touted the need for a return to higher standards of communication and the need for accountability (when it comes to communication). What better way to put this into practice then by trying to earn your Communications badge? Granted, there won’t be a pinning ceremony when you get it, but you will have the deep satisfaction of knowing that you gave back to your community, improved your communication skills, and impressed your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and superiors.
Per the U.S. Scouting Service Project website, one must fulfill nine requirements to earn the badge. I issue this challenge: do as many of these as you can and then let us know how the experience has/hasn’t changed your communication skills.