It has been a wonderfully busy month in the land of 10thousandgirl and in the personal landscape of its individuals.
International Women’s Day events between friends’ weddings and birthdays, radio interviews and a visit to Channel 10, heading to Wagga Wagga for a workshop, talk giving, programs starting, Sydney workshops, moving furniture, attending seminars and fixing cars. Then there is the myriad of other interesting, fun and important things the Steering Committee, Board, Supporters, Team and Partners are doing in their professional and personal lives! March has flown by in a fluttering heartbeat.
In this whirlwind of activity and hopping from one thing to the next, how do we appreciate what we have done, reflect on insights we have had and capture learnings so we know more and can do better next time?
One of my favourite ways is by talking with others. This theme keeps springing up all over the place, so I thought it would be a good time to bring some focus to it! Some of the most consistent feedback 10thousandgirl gets from its workshops are comments from young women saying:
- that they now realise they are not alone in their situation;
- that they got so much value from hearing about the experiences of others in the room; and
- by sharing with others what they had accomplished so far they’d received a new appreciation for what they had achieved to date.
It is by speaking with others, listening and sharing stories and experiences that we can recount what otherwise may seem a whirlwind; discover tips, tools and techniques to move forward in certain areas; firm up ideas by receiving other people’s perspectives; and bask in some inspiration and motivation.
Just in the past week I have heard bout the benefits of the iPad vs Kindle for reading, learned about a software that is going save me sooooooo much time in the office, found out where to get the best ricotta cake in Sydney, which red lipstick is favoured by a friend and why and picked up some efficient tips on running events.
So if you want to learn and share experiences professionally - join an industry networking or mastermind group.
If you want to learn and share experiences around a hobby - join a club, class or association.
If you want to learn and share experiences around your plans for the future and brainstorm around how to best manage your money, attend a 10thousandgirl workshop, start a GIG or spark up a conversation online via www.facebook.com/10thousandgirl.
This month, focus on starting conversations with colleagues, friends, family, people in online forums, commuters on the bus and the person next to you at the coffee shop. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how useful a little piece of information or new insight may be. And if a chat with a stranger doesn’t go so well …well you’ll have some material for a funny story to share later!
Here is to sharing!