About the Blog
Techtroversion is a blog dedicated to improving communication skills for young men. The postings will cover a wide range of topics: nonverbal communication tips, the pros and cons of app/web-based communication, and just general life advice. The general spirit of the blog will be light-hearted and meme friendly (i.e., cringe-worthy). This blog will be a space for open dialogues; discussing some of the many challenges our generation faces as a result of the twenty-first century’s complexity. Additionally, I would like to offer one-on-one coaching to anyone who needs a boost in their communication skills. Is there a promotion that you deserve, but you’re too timid to ask for it? Is there a guy/girl who you want to converse with, but find yourself at a loss for words? If you find yourself in any situation where you are limited by your inability to communicate, I would like to help, and if I fail you, you can troll me on Reddit without remorse (in addition to a refund).
About the Author (on the left)
A little background: I grew up the extroverted brother of two. My parents used to say that Brent (my brother) is the math and science one, and Tyler is the sociable, jokester. These scripts stuck with us for the rest of our lives; my brother pursued a degree in mechanical engineering from Berkeley, and I majored in communication at San Diego State University. Growing up, I relished the social and competitive opportunities provided by baseball and soccer, and followed my father’s adage, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”
I draw a lot of satisfaction from conversing with friends, family, and significant others (one of the definitions for extroversion). During high school, joking around and bringing friends together for poker nights and social outings kept me alive. I’ve been tip-toeing the line with my words all my life, currying favor with those whom I wanted to befriend (slightly Machiavellian to a degree), but I was rather indiscriminate about who I chose to hang out with. If I thought someone was nice, funny, cool, cute, competitive, or interesting, I would make the effort to connect with them. Then I went to college, and did it all over again; freshmen year was rocky, but I was fortunate enough to meet some good guys whom I lived with the remainder of my college experience. After graduating from SDSU, I returned to the Bay Area and began reading voraciously; and like most recent college graduates, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I wrote down some goals (e.g., writing a book, starting a blog, and finding someone who I want to spend the rest of my life with).
Techtroversion is the synthesis of a life spent socializing, I have learned almost everything I know about interacting with others from failure, and supplemented with university studies and Dale Carnegie dogma. If you read everything I have written and work with me one-on-one, you will learn the thought processes behind great communication. But, all the information will be useless if you don’t take the first step and enter the social arena.
I wish you the best of luck in your communication journey, and appreciate your visit to Techtroversion! 🙂