Janelle shared her epiphany during her 10-year experience in New York and how she decided she couldn’t allow her introversion keep her from getting out and connecting with others.
As Janelle put it, it comes down to something a lot of us hate - introverts and extroverts alike:
“I hate getting out there to sell to people.”
And she isn’t just talking about selling her business (she designs websites for a living). She’s talking about selling herself as an interesting person.
Last month we awarded our very first micro-grant through Engage SOUP! Thanks to the attendees and the matching sponsor, Pearl Planning, we were able to award Katie Oswald $500 for her exceptional presentation of the work she is doing with Full Spectrum Agency for Autistic Adults! And her thank you note says volumes.
I facilitate meetups and workshops on a regular basis and often speak at autism conferences, so I didn’t expect to get this nervous over a five minute pitch. I didn’t think of it until I was driving home after the event. This was my first time presenting as an openly autistic person in front of neurotypical audience. - Katie Oswald, Executive Director | Full Spectrum Agency for Autistic Adults
Remembering a person's name is one of the most crucial things in building meaningful connections because a person’s name connects to their identity. By using and remembering someone’s name, we're able to create a greater connection to who that person is. And by remembering someone’s name and using it when you see them again, that person will feel important and respected.
In this video, Kai Stabell shares why it's critical to conversation to remember a name and a simple technique he uses to help him remember the names of all the amazing people he connects with.
What really got me excited yesterday was the arrival of the Rec & Ed calendar.
Sorry, Rec & Ed, it wasn't because of your summer programming.... It was the ad on the back cover that was staring straight at me as I lifted the mail from it's dark cavity of a box.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival is the month I feel the most alive in Ann Arbor.
As a transplant to Ann Arbor, the A2SF Top of the Park (TOP) series (link) is what reminds me that - despite all the dismal, grey months we have in Michigan - we know how to celebrate life and sunny skies. And we live through festivals like it's what we were born to do.
Last week was our very first, top secret, members-only HUSH event.
I knew this was an exercise in trust. Trust that it didn’t matter where we were going. Or what we’d be doing. It was all about who would be there. Not specifically who. Rather there was safety in knowing that “the who” that were also going on this little adventure were going for the same reason. To Engage. On purpose.
“That was fun to get out of my comfort zone. Never would have tried that many places in one day on my own…. or if i’d known what I was getting into before hand.”
Whether it's in-person or digital, with an individual or in a group, we have conversations every single day. But when was the last time you stopped to think about the role of conversations and why we, as human beings, need conversations?
The word "conversation" comes from the Latin word "convertere," which means "to take turns." But take turns doing what exactly?
Corey Fernandez shares what he believes is the ultimate goal of conversation and how, if we achieve it, we become more connected in a meaningful way.
Breaking the ice is an important skill that, when done correctly, will lead to more productive, more comfortable conversations. A good ice breaker can help you make a memorable first impression and it can turn your first encounter with someone new into something wonderful — maybe even a lasting friendship.
So, how do you start a meaningful conversation with someone new and avoid embarrassments or awkward moments of silence? Where do you begin?
Kai Stabell starts to answer this question by explaining most people approach icebreakers all wrong.
We're always told to be authentic, but how do we actually do that?
Natalie Bruno shares two ways to get us started on the journey of being authentic - not only towards others but towards ourselves.
Follow-up questions are an important part of having meaningful conversations as they keep the conversation moving forward and allow for clarification and elaboration of details.
Without follow-up questions, your conversation will never get past the surface level because you won't be talking in depth about any particular topic. This type of interaction feels really awkward and prevents genuine connection.
One way to improve your ability to ask follow-up questions is by practicing active listening. In this video, Elaine Ezekiel shares how the power of active listening can not only help you ask follow-up questions but ask the follow-up questions your partner wants you to ask.
The best conversations are the ones where the individuals talking get to bring their whole self to the conversation. When we're fake or pretend to be something we're not, it shows and it stops us from truly connecting with others. But the importance of authenticity goes beyond having great conversations that move us and connect us with others.
Natalie Bruno of Jottful talks about how authenticity makes us human and why she believes it should be one of our top priorities in life.