As demonstrated in this cartoon, effective communication is essential to positive collaborative efforts. When I think about a competent communicator, I think about my favorite author/poet/activist, Sonja Sanchez. I have had the opportunity to attend lectures where she was the guest speaker. There was never a moment in her speeches where I wasn't on the edge of my seat. She is such a dynamic writer and speaker and I often model my poetry recitation after her because she exemplifies strength, courage, and wisdom.