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“I want to declare email bankruptcy!” My friend C shared this statement with me in a phone conversation recently. And it got me thinking, after I stopped chuckling. What are the ways you communicate? Communication is connection. So choosing the forms and avenues for communication you want to use –…Read More
At the 2019 Art of Connecting Summit, I invited guests to submit concerns, questions and challenges along with things they’d like to learn in advance. Several people did and I’ll share some of the questions here on the blog. This isn’t so much a question as an observation. As…Read More
High Vibe. What does that mean to you? High energy? High frequency? Crazy? Calm? Vision? Whatever it is, be clear that your vibe is yours. And whatever vibe is yours is how you connect. It hit me as I was prepping for a live event: high vibe isn’t necessarily high…Read More
How many of us get fire-hosed with emails from an opt-in? You know the drill – you opt-in, by choice, and then… you get flooded with emails. Daily, many times a day, toooooo many. Whatever it is, it’s too much for you & not what you signed up for. For…Read More
Introvert (old word) noun a shy person. Psychology. a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings (opposed to extrovert). Zoology. a part that is or can be introverted. adjective Also in·tro·vert·ed. verb (used with object) to turn inward: to introvert one’s anger. Psychology. to…Read More
Do you like tahini? That wonderfully luscious sesame seed butter, that separates and you get to stir it up and enjoy every spoon licking morsel? (okay, so now you know I really like it). Well, I noticed on the can of the brand I’ve been buying that they offered a…Read More
Last month at a business meeting I hosted, after I got to introduce myself as host I asked the attendees to tell their story instead of “what you do”. EVERYONE blew us away, I mean – everyone. The Mayor The person working in emergency services The charter school pro The…Read More
“What was great about Uncle Lenny was that….” Thus started a story that helped an entire room build empathy, understanding and a new perspective. It was a room full of good people – a business organization meeting. You know, the ones where you get together on a regular schedule, talk…Read More
Years ago, I started giving a talk called The Power of The Customer Experience. Part of the talk was Words To Use & Words To Purge I recall people literally jumping out of their chairs when I shared these lists and reasons. (love me an enthusiastic audience!!) Here’s the (short)…Read More
“I’m on introvert…” “Oh, I don’t know…that doesn’t feel comfortable.” “We’ve always done it this way.” “Change is hard.” Here’s the great thing about connectivity: it debunks all of the above, and then some. The four phrases above – just a tiny smattering of what we tell ourselves – are…Read More
Scene: Ongoing conversation with friend + colleague (= frolleague), checking in on each other, seeing what they’re up to, how we can support each other… email conversation excerpt below. Frolleauge: That’s really good to hear, tell me about your breakthroughs, was it breakthrough in a way of thinking or…Read More
Do you know what connections really matter? NOTE: this is pretty personal and gritty today, so if you don’t want it, stop reading. This week got off to a horrible start. Well, Monday day was fine, actually pretty solid. Woke up, felt good, visited a new gym, walked with my…Read More
“Question . . . tonight I hosted a going away party for long time friends. I enjoyed an exchange of ideas with an extremely intelligent man. I’ve known him for about 20 years. He dismissed my viewpoint then went into a monologue about . . . . . . .…Read More
“Connecting with others when we feel disconnected from ourselves (i.e. our purpose, our own goals, etc.). This has been kind of tricky for me; I feel like I don’t know how to introduce myself sometimes because I’m no longer defining myself by who I’ve been, but I’m not quite sure…Read More
Twins. Follow Up and Follow Through are partners in providing you the momentum and fruitfulness that connectivity has to offer. Said another way, one without the other falls short. Dang. Let’s not let that happen. The good news is that it’s completely within your control to not let that happen…Read More
Maps. Paths. Plans. Strategy. As a Connector, having a strategy is key. Why do you want to connect with people, to begin with – which started us off – launches the strategic thinking for connectors. Why indeed. You’ve got a lot of places you can go, things to do,…Read More
First Move The very first action you make in attempting to connect with someone is a First Move. Want to strike up a conversation with someone at a conference? How about order a drink from a bartender? What about ask for directions or recommendations from a hotel concierge or someone…Read More