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Do you want to declare Email Bankruptcy?

By Ginger Johnson | Nov 25, 2019

“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 –…

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Summit Question Answered

By Ginger Johnson | Nov 14, 2019

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…

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High Vibe and Connectivity

By Ginger Johnson | Nov 6, 2019

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…

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Ask Your Audience How Often They Want To Hear From You

By Ginger Johnson | Nov 5, 2019

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…

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Where People Sit Says A Lot

By Ginger Johnson | Nov 4, 2019

One thing I love to host is live events. One element of live events I’ve long noticed and wondered about is where people sit & why. At the Art of Connecting Summit recently (a signature live event for us), it hit me: people sit where they want to based on…

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New Word: Connectovert

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 30, 2019

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…

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Classic Connecting Tactic: Free Recipe Book (in the mail!)

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 26, 2019

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…

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Ditch The Pitch, Tell Your Story.

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 24, 2019

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…

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The Hops Effect

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 23, 2019

530 pm, 9.30.19 Hops and Züc come ambling out to greet me, as I drive into the garage. Wagging tails, happy vibes – so so so good to see them, every single time. 600 pm It’s dinner time. Where’s Hops?? She’s the world’s most accurate clock when it comes to…

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Stories That Connect

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 16, 2019

“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…

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Words To Purge, Words To Use

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 9, 2019

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)…

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The Language of Connectivity

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 9, 2019

“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…

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Where Do Breakthroughs Come From?

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 9, 2019

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…

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Connectors Change The World

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 7, 2019

About two years ago I met with a friend. We got together on a somewhat regular basis and shared what was happening in our lives. It was at one of these catch-ups that she planted a new thought in my head. I’d been lamenting trying to make the progress I…

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Death is a Clarifier

By Ginger Johnson | Oct 2, 2019

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…

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How Do You Bow Out of a One-Sided Monologue?

By Ginger Johnson | Sep 30, 2019

“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 . . . . . . .…

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Connecting When We Feel Disconnected Ourselves

By Ginger Johnson | Sep 28, 2019

“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…

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Elements of Connectivity Part 6 & 7: Follow Up & Follow Through

By Ginger Johnson | Sep 23, 2019

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…

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Elements of Connectivity Part 5: Pursue Your Path

By Ginger Johnson | Sep 12, 2019

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,…

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Elements of Connectivity Part 4: Y In The Road

By Ginger Johnson | Sep 11, 2019

Once you’ve decided to make the First Move  – and done it – then you’ve reached the Y In The Road. The Y is the juncture where you get to make a choice: Do I stay (keep going, continue to see where this first move can go) or do I…

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Elements of Connectivity Part 3: First Move

By Ginger Johnson | Sep 3, 2019

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…

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