From Networking-Hater to Networking-Embracer: One Woman’s Journey

When Alli started out as a freelancer in 2014, she didn’t know anything about networking. Generally, she didn’t want to, and didn’t know how to talk to people. Her way of showing support for the organizations she worked with was to hold down her corner of the room by herself. Alli’s approach to…


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Who Will You Talk To, Longer?

It’s time for a challenge. For the past three weeks, I’ve been exploring the idea of “Talking to more people, longer.” This week, I’m circling back to ask: Did you try? If you have, I’d love to know what you experienced. How did it feel to talk to someone, longer? If you haven’t, then you're my…


Find Someone Who Will Allow You to Speak Your Truth

Two weeks ago I introduced you to the words of Jon Moore, “Talk to more people, longer.” I reached out to Jon as part of my writing preparation and asked him how his own advice was going for him. He said of all days for me to reach out, that was the day when he really let his simple sentence sink…


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What Do Sorting Ourselves out and Shaking Things up Mean for Connection?

In Brené Brown’s latest book, Braving the Wilderness, she introduces the concept of sorting. She says, “The world feels high lonesome and heartbroken to me right now. We’ve sorted ourselves into factions based on our politics and ideology. We’ve turned away from one another and toward blame and…


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Talk to More People, Longer

I attended a training seminar on inclusion recently and one of the fellow participants, Jon, said something so simple, yet so powerful, I had to write it down. Now, it’s turned into the inspiration for my next four articles. He said, “I need to talk to more people, longer.” Think about that for a…


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Uncovering the Opportunities (And Gaps) in Your Network

In this article, I challenge you to dig into your existing network in order to uncover opportunities and identify gaps. I’ve got a template ready for Live Lead Play readers HERE. Once you’ve got the template handy, break your network down into the following categories: Inner Circle – Close…