How a Mindset Change Helped An Introvert Meaningfully Connect w/ Janelle Reichman

How a Mindset Change Helped An Introvert Meaningfully Connect w/ Janelle Reichman

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.

Impact: our first micro-grant of $500 awarded to Katie Oswald

Impact: our first micro-grant of $500 awarded to Katie Oswald

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

Why Remembering Names Helps to Create Deeper Relationships w/ Kai Stabell

Why Remembering Names Helps to Create Deeper Relationships w/ Kai Stabell

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.

When Ann Arbor comes alive

When Ann Arbor comes alive

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.