Renaissance Souls are people who thrive on a variety of interests and redefining accepted meanings of success. Their ability to handle high levels of new information and variety with people and topics often makes them great communicators.
- Renaissance soul communicators have a wide variety of life experiences. If you are a renaissance soul, you will recognise this your life patterns immediately. As early as high school, I remember happily taking drama, history, chemistry, mathematics, languages, sport and English before I was forced to choose between them in my final year. This love for variety has only continued to grow, leading to a lifelong curiosity for connecting with unusual people, places and ideas.
- Renaissance soul communicators can connect with a wide variety of people. As a communicator I have often used my basic knowledge of a wide variety of things as a way of engaging an expert in deep discussion. So my ‘depth’ is my ability to scan complex information and ask insightful questions from the little I know.
- Renaissance soul communicators know how long to hang around. I find I can work with high-level focus, energy and determination on projects with a clear end date. To borrow dramatic terms, I love the thrill of the curtain coming up on opening night and coming right back down at the end of the season. This means I create a connection at a critical moment in a project to facilitate change, and then move onto the next challenge.
- Renaissance soul communicators use many different forms of connection. I’ve always been passionate about how we connect, but this passion has taken many forms. I have worked extensively building intercultural communications through projects as a media advisor, theatre advocate, and language teacher. On the other hand, I have worked in entertainment television and digital strategy, where the aim was to connect with viewers through a light-hearted view of the world.
- Renaissance soul communicators explore different depth levels of a topic. My focus on communications is also explored at many different levels. At one level, my interest in communications is about the technicalities of writing well or the execution of a campaign. At another level, I seek to answer deep questions of human consciousness. Why do we wish to connect with each other? How do we use communications to bridge divides for a more positive human experience?
Renaissance soul take home tip for communicators – focal points
Renaissance souls was popularised by the book The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine.
Lobenstine’s focal points concept as a fantastic point for the renaissance soul. Rather than trying to do a million things simultaneously, you chooses just four focal points to work on for an agreed period of time.
After that, you can cast your net wide again and choose something else. This is fantastic for combating that sense of panic that inevitably arrises when we are told to choose one idea or project and ‘just stick with it’!
Are you a renaissance soul communicator? How does it help you?