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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
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
“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;…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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?…Read More