While driving this morning I listened to @Topgold’s Audioboo entitled “To Share”, where he asked a group of people to record their thoughts about sharing and Christmas. You can listen to it below.
As I listened to the Audioboo, I noticed that quite a few of the people were reluctant to share or speak their thoughts. Certainly there were some who spoke up, but there were others that sounded uncertain and even a little fearful. This got me thinking about Chris Brogan’s Sound Cloud recording (below) from a while ago, where he encouraged people to simply Press Record. For some reason, that particular recording has stuck in my mind – likely because it was a simple, yet effective message.
I also thought of the recent conversation that took place between @Omaniblog and @ChrisBrogan for The Human Business Way podcast. In the podcast, Paul and Chris discussed what it takes for people to share their stories and why sometimes people are reluctant to do so. They talked about the challenges that people face and what enables them to push forward, despite fears they may have. Paul wrote about that discussion on his company blog here.
So as I listened to @Topgold’s Audioboo this morning, all of that was swirling around in my mind plus a bunch more.
- I wondered what it takes for people to find their voice and to tell their story?
- I contemplated why some people can and other simply never will.
- I questioned if technology is an enabler or if it actually hinders storytelling?
I recorded some of those thoughts in an Audioboo here:
So…what do you think? What does it take for you to share your own voice and story? Does technology help or hinder you?
Developing vision is something that many people and organizations struggle with. Having operated my own consulting company for a few more years than I care to count; I know how important it is to truly be clear about what it is that you do and where you are going. We often speak about how critical mission, vision and values are; yet they are something that can be both hard to define and align with.
In recent months I found myself increasingly uncertain about how all the things in my work and personal worlds were fitting together. Slowly I began to recognize that I was no longer totally clear on where my business was going or exactly what I wanted to focus my energies on. I was also struggling to determine how my online connections fit with my desire to make the world a better place. As I spent time in this place of uncertainty, it became crystal clear that I needed to invest some energy clarifying what I am both curious and passionate about. I also needed to rethink how everything that I do fits together. It can be hard to find the time to go through a process such as this, but I managed to do it. Last week I wrote a bit about it here. Somewhere in the midst of my deliberations, I was reminded of a great blog post that Chris Brogan wrote this past summer. He talked about being open to your "Until Moments". I can truly say that I have worked very hard over the last couple of weeks to recognize that I have been having my own set of “Until Moments” and that I am now in a place of accepting and embracing them. It is amazing what happens when you do this.
As a result of taking the time to clarify things, I am now firmly planted in the place of knowing just what it is that I do and exactly where I am going. The things that I value the most in life are my family, my community and the work that I do to make the world a much better place for the people I care about. I have also been able to recognize that my passion for online connections and the world of social media can play an important role in the change that I lead and in the organizations that I work with. Here is what I now know:
Moving forward my time and related energies will be focused on living, laughing and earning by building connections, facilitating conversations and leading change to make the world a better place. I also plan to spend much more time exploring and writing about the intersection between our work lives and personal lives and the role that technology/social media plays in everything we do.
Thanks for stopping by, I am excited you are here and look forward to the amazing conversations we will have and the relationship that we will build to do good things in the world.
Do you know what your own personal vision is? Are you clear on where YOU are going?