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Making Personal Branding Works: The Role of Positive Communication

by Muhammad Taufiq Amir & B. S. Wijaya


Research objective: Positive communication characterizes a positive image of the person and creating positive dynamics in the organization. Similar positive intentionality and image also become the purpose of a personal branding strategy to create the target audience’s perceptions. While these two concepts seem interrelated, there is no study link positive communication with personal branding management. This study examines how positive communication can help an individual achieve personal branding goals, such as reputation and authenticity. Two elements of positive communication, integrative communication and constructive interaction are explored and analyzed for their potential role in the outcome of personal branding.

Method: This study uses a literature study approach in the field of positive organizational scholarship and personal branding in organizations.

Key Findings: Six sub-elements of positive communication: inclusiveness, respectfulness, supportiveness, and solution-focused, future-oriented and collaborative seems potentially help in strengthening the effect of a good impression, increasing the trust in reputation and authenticity that the audience expected to perceive. However, the results can backfire if the communicator slips into strategies with low authenticity; or artificial or exaggerated messages.

Conclusions: Positive communication can be used to make the process and results of personal branding more optimal. Communicators can use various communication modes, yet they need to be cautious about the negative implications of the false strategy.

Read more: Making Personal Branding Works

How to Cite: Amir, M. T. & Wijaya, B. S. (2021). Making Personal Branding Works: The Role of Positive Communication. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioral Sciences 117.

Komunikasih: Komunikasi Positif Berbasis Empati

by B. S. Wijaya


Komunikasih adalah komunikasi empatik yang menyertakan energi kasih sayang dalam penyampaian pesan sehingga menimbulkan pemahaman yang baik dan benar oleh penerima pesan, serta berefek terciptanya emosi positif yang penuh kasih dan perdamaian di antara para pelaku komunikasi. Komunikasih adalah komunikasi yang tulus, tidak egois, dan konstruktif. Jika negativitas komunikasi dapat ditemui di setiap unsur komunikasi, maka komunikasih pun selalu melibatkan cinta dan kasih sayang di setiap unsur dan tahap proses komunikasi. Komunikator yang penuh kasih selalu mendasari aktivitas komunikasinya dengan niat yang baik dan tulus. Penciptaan makna pesan (encoding) yang dibingkai cinta dan kasih sayang akan menghasilkan pesan-pesan yang baik dan positif. Begitu pula dengan saluran penghantar pesan, baik dalam wujud media, pihak ketiga atau kegiatan yang diliputi nuansa kasih akan terhindar dari gangguan buruk (black noise) dan kekeliruan, baik disengaja maupun tak disengaja. Proses penafsiran makna pesan (decoding) yang melibatkan kasih sayang pun membuat penerima pesan bebas dari prasangka buruk. Sehingga, pesan tersebut menghasilkan efek dan respon positif secara emosional, situasional maupun efek dalam bentuk runtunan komunikasi positif berikutnya. Dengan demikian, konflik negatif, perselisihan dan kekerasan pun dapat dicegah. Ada enam prinsip utama Komunikasih, yakni niat dan tujuan yang baik dan tulus (heartfelt intention and goal), pesan yang konstruktif dan tanpa pamrih (constructive and selfless message), pemaknaan berbasis empatik (empathetic meaning-making), penyampaian pesan dan umpan balik yang welas asih (compassionate delivery and feedback), penggunaan media secara positif (positive media use), dan dampak-dampak yang penuh kasih sayang (affectionate impacts).


Komunikasih is empathetic communication that includes the energy of affection and compassion in delivering messages to lead to a good and correct understanding by the recipient of the message, and the effect of creating positive emotions that are full of love and peace among the communicators. Komunikasih is sincere, selfless, and constructive. If communication negativity can be found in every communication element, then Komunikasih always involves love and affection in every element and stage of the communication process. Loving communicators always base their communication activities on good and sincere intentions. Creating meaning of messages (encoding) framed by love and affection will produce good and positive messages. Likewise, with message delivery channels, whether in the form of media, third parties, or activities covered with nuances of love, will avoid black noise and mistakes, whether intentional or unintentional. The process of interpreting the meaning of messages (decoding), which involves affection, also makes the recipient of the message free from prejudice. These messages produce positive emotional, situational, and effectual responses in the next positive communication sequence. Thus, negative conflicts, disputes, and violence can be prevented. There are six main principles in Komunikasih, namely heartfelt intention and goals, constructive and selfless messages, empathetic meaning-making, compassionate delivery and feedback, positive media use, and affectionate impacts.

Read more: KOMUNIKASIH (Communication with Compassion)

How to Cite: Wijaya, B. S. (2015). Komunikasih: Komunikasi Positif Berbasis Empati [Komunikasih as an Empathy-based Positive Communication]. Journal Communication Spectrum, 5(2), 147-166.

cover-IOP-ees-221x300Why do people ignore the ‘plastic bag diet’ campaign? An Indonesian consumers perspective

B. S. Wijaya, Prima Mulyasari Agustini, Mirana Hanathasia, Dianingtyas M. Putri & A. H. Sutawidjaya


As an effort to minimize the climate change impact, reducing plastic waste is urgently needed. Unfortunately, so far this effort has not yielded maximal results, even though the ‘plastic bag diet’ campaign has been intensified. This paper interrogates the reason why Indonesian consumers/shoppers disregarded and did not even care about the campaign. Using Focus Group Discussion, the authors discussed with two groups of different shoppers, namely the regular shoppers and non-regular shoppers. The discussion is divided into three topics. First, the habit of using plastic shopping bags. Second, awareness of avoiding the use of plastic shopping bags. Third, the possibility to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. The results show that both regular and non-regular shopper groups do not mind paying 200IDR for plastic shopping bags because it is financially not detrimental, and they are reluctant to bring their shopping bags. Besides being troublesome, some of the participants also considered it old-fashioned. However, non-regular shoppers tend to have an awareness of environmental preservation better than regular shoppers. Therefore, we conclude several factors that cause consumers to ignore the ‘plastic bag diet’ campaign, including functional, social, cultural, and structural reasons.

Full paper access link: Why do people ignore the ‘plastic bag diet’ campaign?

iop sjrTo cite this article (7th APA Style):

Wijaya, B. S., Agustini, P. M., Hanathasia, M., Putri, D. M. & Sutawidjaya, A. H. (2020). Why Do People Ignore the ‘Plastic Bag Diet’ Campaign? An Indonesian Consumers Perspective. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 423(1).

IOPHaze, climate change, and media brand responsibility: how Republika calls for public action in saving the environment through smoggy photojournalism

B. S. Wijaya, Aryo Subarkah Eddyono, Dessy Kania, Ari Kurnia & Suharyanti



When the haze disaster struck several regions in Indonesia (especially Kalimantan and Sumatra) in 2015, various parties tried to get involved in saving the environment and preventing the effects of climate change. Republika Daily, as a leading media brand in Indonesia, showed its social responsibility through a news photo of the smog that adorned its front page. By interviewing the editor-in-chief of Republika in-depth and searching for documents online, we identified the reasons why Republika concerned about the haze disaster as part of the impacts of climate change, why using smoggy photojournalism, and how Republika’s social responsibility regarding the environmental disaster arose. Pathetic facts in the field related to the natural conditions, victims of local communities who had suffered the health problems, and economic losses caused by the haze disaster prompted Republika to not only call-for-public-awareness but also call-for-public-action in overcoming the problems and helping the victims. Therefore Republika used smoggy photojournalism to make the public ‘feel’ the conditions on the ground. This research can inspire other media to participate in saving the environment and increasing climate change awareness through creative and impactful ways.

Full paper access link: Haze, Climate Change, and Media Brand Responsibility

iop sjrCite this article as:

Wijaya, B. S., Eddyono, A. S., Kania, D., Kurnia, A. & Suharyanti (2020). Haze, Climate Change, and Media Brand Responsibility: Haze, climate change, and media brand responsibility: how Republika calls for public action in saving the environment through smoggy photojournalism. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 423(1). DOI:

Dancing with the Impropriety of Media: How Indonesian Consumers Think and Behave towards the Unethical and Illogical Online News

by B. S. Wijaya

Abstract: The rise of online media makes us now everyday are bombarded by a number of online news content which are sometimes unethical and illogical. Without considering the adverse effects it causes, the media continue to treat news consumers with inappropriate content. News consumers as if hypnotized to ‘dance’ following the rhythm of that impropriety. How do news consumers, especially in Indonesia, think and behave towards the issue? This paper captures the voices of consumers and reviews their judgements regarding the ethical and logical discourse of the news provided by online media. Continue reading

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