This is a guest post by the wonderful artist and teacher Tara Leaver. This essay originally appeared as part of the Redefining Community project which ran throughout April 2019. In this post Tara talks about the ups and downs of growing and managing a large community.
Having excellent boundaries in place means that I can be friendly and close to my clients and potential clients. I can know what's going on in their lives, and celebrate or commiserate with them. In fact, I can actually give much MORE of myself, which means that the relationships I build within my business community are deep and genuine.
This is a guest post by the brilliant, nature-inspired business coach Julie Wolk. In this essay, which originally appeared as part of the Redefining Community project, Julie talks about the importance of having an ecosystem for your business, and shares her method for running a successful net-walking event
People are always a bit surprised to find out that I'm an introvert and I don't like groups. What they're even more surprised to find out is that I also used to suffer from crippling social anxiety. In this post I share how I overcame crippling social anxiety to become the super-connector I am today.
You know when you stumble across someone new, in life or online, and there's a little 'ping' inside your brain when you realise they are one of your people? It might be something they say or a way they show up or just an intuitive hit, but you just know they are 'right' for you. That, my friends, is KSR, and if you've practiced and got it nicely honed, it's very rarely wrong.
Picture, if you will, the humble Labrador. I have to admit, I’m not really a dog person, but I love the kind, gentle, enthusiastic creature that is the Labrador. They are cheerful, friendly, good-tempered and steady. Now, you might wonder why I’m talking about dogs on a blog all about connection, but bear with me, I have a point.
The secret to reconnecting with someone is to reach out and warm up the relationship long before you need anything from them. I’m sure you’ve all been in a situation where you haven’t heard from someone for years, and then suddenly they contact you out of the blue, asking you for a favour. Doesn’t it make you feel gross?