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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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Elements of Connectivity Part 2: Mindset

By Ginger Johnson | Sep 2, 2019

Mindset When I was a little girl, once in a while my parents would sit me down and tell me I needed an attitude adjustment. What they were seeing, that I was not, was that my attitude was off. That instead of being happy or helpful or whatever, I was…

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Elements of Connectivity Part 1: Why

By Ginger Johnson | Sep 1, 2019

Why. Our vision, our purpose. It’s the number one element of Connectivity and the first step we take toward becoming a connector. To get clear we must dedicate time to doing so. Here’s what I recommend. Reserve 30 minutes on your calendar, on a set time and day on a…

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What Are Your Biggest Connecting Challenges?

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 30, 2019

Tell me: what are your biggest connecting challenges? Do you struggle with knowing how to walk into a room and meet someone new? Are you letting your vert status hold you back (i.e. you identify as an Introvert)? Are you unsure how to open a conversation? Is not knowing anyone…

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Connecting Is An Art

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 19, 2019

Art: (noun) the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Years ago when I was a middle school art teacher, I can distinctly recall many a discussion around the following question: “What is art?” The query was…

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Learn How To Swim

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 19, 2019

Züc surprised himself. He’s really clear on his intentions in life: to always be close to his sister. To always know where his humans are. And to always be in a state of happiness, usually play, when not napping, chasing stuff or eating. So he surprised himself when he learned…

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Start Learning How To Connect

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 18, 2019

If you want to become a connector – or a better connector – here are some tactics to employ today. 1. Greet people you meet in your every day life. Say hello to the grocer, to the checker, to the sanitation hauler, to the next person in line. 2. Smile.…

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Trust Yourself, Have Faith

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 17, 2019

I was sitting at my desk and wondering, “do I go ahead and send this person an invite?” The invite is to an event I’m hosting – the person is someone I’ve known for almost a decade. “Of course you do, Ginger! They want to know what you’re up to.”…

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Connectivity Isn’t

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 16, 2019

Connecting isn’t: • networking • glad-handing • the card shove • “should” • “have-to” • collecting business cards • digital media followers • a numbers game • fake, phony, forced excerpt, Connectivity Canon Can’t wait for more? (either could I!) Get your own copy here, now – read & start…

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Try This: Connecting Tactics

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 15, 2019

Try This Think about it: Where do you tend to meet people? How do interactions begin? What becomes of some of them? When you do connect, how does it typically unfold? There are myriad ways to dip your toes into the connecting waters. Try starting within your own neighborhood. When…

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Connectivity and Transformation

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 13, 2019

“Every transformation has the opportunity to build confidence and capabilities.” – Mary Lue Peck, NSA CEO Connectivity = creating and developing meaningful relationships on purpose with the intent to serve other people. Transformation = to change, usually by choice; life. Opportunity = a possibility that will propel someone, something forward;…

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3 Ways To Connect Today

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 9, 2019

1. Write someone you care about a postcard or letter. They’re waiting to hear from you! Mail is very personal and much more rare these days. It’s make a big impact. 2. Go visit someone. Being with people, face to live face is impactful and truly meaningful. If you think…

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3 Ways To Be A Better Speaker To Connect With Audiences

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 7, 2019

Connecting with your audience is key in effectively communicating with people. It’s not about lecturing or talking ‘at’ or ‘to’ someone – it’s about talking with someone. It’s about adding value to their life, not to hear yourself talk. Today I want to share 3 ways you can become a…

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Books & Reading

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 2, 2019

As a guest on Louise H Reid’s podcast, I was asked a very clarifying question: “If you have your book in one hand, which book is in the other?” oof. As I told Louise, why don’t you ask me a tougher question?! As in, which one would I choose –…

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How Are You Developing Your Connecting Skills?

By Ginger Johnson | Aug 1, 2019

Look at your day ahead. Who will you connect with? Why? What’s the purpose of connecting with them? If it’s only to get something from them, try to sell them something, or other banal reason, pause a moment. Rethink: how can I make this usually sterile and perfunctory interaction personal?…

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