WHY ELAINE? We interviewed Elaine because of her strong, thoughtful consideration of the creation and value of social capital, her goal for having a weekly lunch with someone new, because she truly embodies the values that are core to her employer’s company culture - which we think are worth pointing out. Plus their B-corp status is pretty cool.
Elaine is the Director of Marketing at Atomic Object, is a trusted soundboard for our Founder, Brooke Boyle, and has participated as a Connector in the Connector Program before joining Engage as a member at the Advocate level in 2018.
In this video, Elaine talks about how and why she started the practice of writing a handwritten note to genuinely say thank you. And how something so simple can express appreciation and gratitude in a powerful way.
As we engage more and more with those in our community, it's very likely that people will introduce others to us and say, "you two should talk." But what do we talk about when we do meet for the very first time?
In this video, Lori Roddy of The Neutral Zone shares how she ensures every meeting she has is always meaningful and purposeful for herself and the other individual.
When you engage the way Engage engages, there is this “high” that comes from sharing your messy lives with each other, the goals that you have.
As the facilitator, I get my own version of the Engage High watching your faces. Watching what happens in the moment at Engage Over Coffee.
But inevitably, after every event I facilitate, there is a crash.
Whenever I describe Engage to someone for the first time, I get the same reaction but for three different reasons.
THE REACTION: an immediate, excited, audible intake of air.
Reason #1: This is exactly what they've been looking for and need RIGHT NOW.
Reason #2: They wish they'd had this kind of support years ago when...
Reason #3: They know how valuable being connected and having access to mentors was for them in the past, and they want to make that access possible and easier for others.
Some people just seem to have a gift for connecting people and ideas. They seem to know all kinds of people and they’re able to ‘connect people and bring them together.
Jonathan Goldstein of Narrow Gauge Ventures is one of these connectors.
In this video, Jonathan explains why he cherishes the opportunity to connect people.
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.”