Working Out Loud Circle – Week Nine

This is 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.

As the UK prepared for another ‘hysteria from Siberia’, our global Working Out Loud circle met again on Friday morning to bring some sunshine before the weekend!

So what did we do this week?

Our customary check-in asked an interesting question this week, ‘How do you feel about sharing your work online?’

As always, we had a variety of answers to this one.  We talked about the boundaries between work and career, how it was important to make sure that your work-related posts stayed on the right side of confidentiality.

We also talked about the potential of imposter syndrome, and this is one that can affect me as well – the idea that sometimes I feel like I’m not really qualified to share something online, that I’ll be ‘found out’. Sometimes you need to embrace the ‘courage attack’ that our group is named after.

We also discussed the importance of knowing your audiences and how to differentiate – although some of us had the view that putting ‘it all’ out there and being authentically yourself online allows others to decide what they want to take from your work.

Onto the exercises and we shared our various resource lists, one thing to note is that we all had each other on our lists, which is another testament to the power of the WOL circle.

As part of this, we talked about using an ‘external brain’ to keep many of these lists and schedules in.  I use Evernote as my second mind. All of my resources and reference guides are kept in Evernote for instant access and synced across my devices.

The Dinner Table University discussion was interesting, I’ve always encouraged this kind of discussion in my family – talking less about results and knowledge and more about critical thinking and discussions of opinion.


My key takeaways

  • Our resources lists are so wide, but all share our circle in common.
  • For me, I am reminded of the importance of a strong second brain to hold my resources and find things I need.

What did I do after this weeks meeting?

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