Archive for January 2018

“How old are your dogs?”, she asked.

My reply, “I’ll share their age if you’ll share yours.” [Insert big robust laughter here] This happened at my local postal service office yesterday. How many times have I been asked about my dogs’ age? And why do people choose to inquire about a dog’s age to enter into conversation? Well, it’s one way to…

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Giving Your Self Permission

Learn to give yourself permission to meet people – to make that First Move in making contact with another person. The first move is what begins all Connecting possibilities. Keep it simple, upbeat, neutral and polite. Learn to give yourself permission to not meet people, though not out of being shy or any kind of…

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First Moves On The Metro , aka DC Subway

“As you may know, the Metro isn’t a place where people talk to each other.” So opened the conversation with Rachel following the inaugural 5 Day Connecting Challenge. She shared that, inspired by the Challenge, on her way home via the Metro, she decided to make first moves with people she didn’t (yet) know. She…

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The First Three Steps Of Connectivity

Connecting with other people is magic. At least, it can be. Here are my first three steps to help you feel more confident and comfortable in connecting with soon-not-to-be-strangers: First Move – How To Make Contact Mindset: open (required), relaxed, calm, happy Make a simple, open-ended, pleasant comment or ask an innocuous question of another…

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What Dog Walking Tells Us About Mindset

A lot of weekday mornings I get up with My Fine Husband, eat breakfast and feed our fabulous kids (four legs each) and walk MFH to the bus stop. It’s a peaceful and enjoyable, comforting even, ritual we all enjoy. Fresh air, early morning foray into the quiet world that’s soon to be very busy…

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Bulletin Board Story

My local post office and the crew is important to me. Mailing letters and packages has been a part of who I am for, well, ever. Mail is a connection to other people across the world, sending them goods at a remarkably low rate. When I’m at the Office, invariably one of the three staffers…

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