May Experiment: Reach out and Touch Someone

sharingFirst of all, can I just say holy crap did we really blow through 1/3 of the year already? I hope you got your time’s worth. Not sure I did… hmm.

Anyhow, back to our regularly scheduled frivolity.

For the month of May I’m undertaking something that will sound trivial to many of you. Because most of you probably do this far better than me already… I’m going to reach out to a different acquaintance/friend daily. Well, Mon-Fri, anyway — I’m not superman.

They say the most important things in life are our relationships with others. And in a business context, most great things happen because of who you know not what you know. And while I agree with both of these theories, I find it almost impossible to keep in touch with folks… and I’m not entirely sure why.

Seriously — I don’t even say hi to folks on Facebook, which would be about as low-commitment as you can get.

I am an introvert in terms of me-energy-crowd-blah; but I’m not a hermit. But I seem to have fallen into a pattern of engaging only with concepts and ideas (I love learning!) and not with people. At all.

So this month let’s get out of the old comfort zone, and start some conversations.

My goals are pretty simple if somewhat vague on this one:

  • See what happens!
  • Learn why I am so bad at keeping up with people…
  • Reset my default to be more communicative.

For some reason I think this one will be a bit of a challenge for me. Any advice???

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5 Responses

  1. Treat it like a customer development interview where your customer is your friend/acquaintance and learn about him/her! As a former introvert, I can tell you it gets better with time! Good luck and I can’t wait for you to write about your experiences!

    • screaser@gmail.com says:

      That’s a great idea! I love finding ways to be useful to folks; hopefully I can work that in as well.

      Though I’m not sure I buy the idea of you as a (former) introvert. Not. Possible. 🙂

  2. Suzy says:

    Which day do I get? 🙂