Working Out Loud Circle – Week Twelve

This is the final part of a series of posts documenting my journey with a Working Out Loud circle, as defined in John Stepper’s book; Working Out Loud: For a better Career and Life.  You can read the rest of the series here.

After a break of a few weeks, we reconvened our Working Out Loud circle for our twelfth and final meeting on Friday. It felt familiar, and good to be back together as a group.

As usual, we opened with our check-in. After a gap of 6 weeks, everyone had a lot of news to share. Some of it related to Wokring Out Loud, and some was broader, but it was great to hear about what had been keeping everyone so busy. We had updates on travel, hobbies, business and leisure activities.

The break felt like we were starting afresh in some ways. The general emotion of the team was one of excitement; getting closure, hitting milestones and celebrating our journey.

Reflecting on our goals

At the beginning of the circle, we all set individual goals. Some changed and evolved along the way, mine included.

I felt a bit derailed towards the end of the WOL journey, business travel stole my time and I felt like I had let my goal slip out of sight.

My biggest reflection was that when I deliberately focus on WOL, then it works and brings benefits very quickly. Therefore, when things threaten to derail me, I need a stragey to create resilience.

When I think back to taking a three-week trip with a lot of travel, I should have reframed my goal, and had a different intention to keep up my writing habit and keep my goal in mind.

I know now.

Letters to the future


We discussed our letters to the future, with reflections, predictions and aspirations. It was wonderful to hear everone so focused on the future and what changes WOL had initiated.

I sent my letter to myself on futureme.org – for once, I won’t publish it here.

This one is for me.

Pay it Foward


We had a lot of discussion about how we would pay the WOL work forward. Some of our group have thought about joining another circle, or working on programmes to bring WOL to wider audiences.

We discussed how we could continue our time together. Our group has been productive and energising, and there is a sense that we want to continue meetings, with a set agenda for WOL ‘Alumni’.

Personally – I think there is no coincidence that I lost my way with my goal, at the same time as we slowed down our meetings. My #mutanfall group acted as a set of the most amazing accountability buddies.

It looks likely that we will continue as a group, and we’re working on scheduling those meetings for the future.

My key takeaways

  • The WOL circle has been a productive use of time – inspiring me to some different ways of working and adding the experience of reading the book.
  • The effort of Working Out Loud needs to be deliberate and focused in order to maximise the benefits.
  • I made some great friends through the process – and I think that anyone who gets into a WOL circle will have that opportunity as well.

Sunday Six Pack #12

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Have you lost your Klout?

If you are missing Klout, the social media scoring service which was shuttered recently, than maybe it’s time to check out Skorr.

When Klout announced it would be going offline soon, people started looking for a new tool to judge their social media reach by.

Enter Skorr from Portugal, a great looking app which allows you to connect your social media sites and aggregate your progress in building a following.   Currently, Skorr connects Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Tumbler into a single dashboard and analyses your posting to get a score from 1 – 100.

The team at Skorr say that they measure 32 different KPI’s to derive your number, with social media behaviour driving the number up or down accordingly.

Skorr then ranks you in amongst your connections so you can see how you compare to your network.

Whilst Skorr currently lacks the range of connections that Klout had, it seems to have made an excellent start – and already people are working on how they can ‘find the recipe’ for  ensuring they increase their score.

You can try Skorr here – downloading the IOS, Android or Microsoft App to get started quickly.

 

Off the wagon

Three weeks of business travel, and a long Bank Holiday weekend has thrown me clean from the wagon.  I have a backlog of posts to write – from things I have watched, read and listened to on my travels as well as a blog review for April which will no doubt chasten me.

However, it’s my blog – I forgive myself.

But it’s time to get back on the wagon. 

Seen: A Quiet Place

This is a review of the film ‘A Quiet Place’ directed by and starring John Krasinski alongside Emily Blunt.  None of my reviews contain spoilers and only broad comments on the plot of a film.

A trip to the cinema to see A Quiet Place, the local Oden providing popcorn and pop along with this very unusual movie.

A Quiet Place tells the story of a family that is forced to stay silent to avoid the attention of alien predators in a post-apocalyptic America.  The story opens with a defining moment for the family and then continues about a year later as they deal with the aftermath and try to live a normal life.

There isn’t much ‘normal’ going on here, with sign language, CCTV surveillance and elaborate contraptions to maintain a running silence.  The aliens, seen a few times are terrifying in their appearance and their speed, as they react to sound with frightening consequences.

It’s an unusual film, with very little spoken dialogue, although some sections with subtitles and a very sparse soundtrack.  Your focus is drawn almost entirely to the visuals which are really well made.  The leads are truly excellent, with an understandable chemistry in some of the more intense scenes.

The story is kept taut, with a constant feeling of suspense – and there is one scene that kept me physically anxious for a good few minutes. The finale is excellent as well.

Support acting from the kids in the family is really good, and they contribute really well to the overall story.

Great movie – you really need to see this.

Overall. 9/10. IMDb

Sunday Six Pack #11

Time to relax, pour yourself a coffee and enjoy the Sunday Six Pack, all killer, no filler, just six of the best links curated from a week of reading. Previous editions here.

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