Working Out Loud Circle – Week Two

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.

Friday was the second meeting of the Working Out Loud Circle I am in, and so I started my day with 3 of the  4 people I met the previous week. One person couldn’t make it, and whilst we missed them, we pushed ahead with our video conference and started our day off with the same energy as last week.

It was my turn to host the meeting, and I think we kept quite well to time, although we had a few interesting deviations to our conversations which are to be expected when you are with a group with diverse backgrounds and goals.

So, what did we do this week?

This week was subtitled ‘offer your first contributions’, a chance for us to make some connections and contributions to the relationship list that we previously drew up.

We spent some time checking in with each other, and reviewing what we had done in the week before.  We’d all worked on our relationship list and evaluated the level of intimacy that we currently had, and it was good to see other peoples perspectives on their lists.

Then we spent time talking through the first contributions we had made to our network and how those had landed.

Finally, we confirmed our plans for the coming week and agreed our time for next week.

My key takeaways

  • In the week 2 plan, there is an exercise called ‘The Generosity Test’. I like to think I’ve got good manners, so it’s not a stretch to follow the test – but I am rarely mindful of what happens when I do,  I need to think more about that.
  • Our group is very good at trying to help each other out by making connections, I’m keeping a separate list of the people I’ve been recommended to connect wit. The network can grow quickly!

What did I do after the week two meeting?

  • We talked a lot in the meeting about how I use Twitter and Tweetdeck specifically to interact with my network, and I offered to help the group understand the tool, so I’ve been researching how to run a quick ‘webinar’ on the subject. I’m trying to get that set up this week.
  • I deliberately went out and offered some contribution or feedback to everyone on my relationship list. I’m trying to form a habit there, instead of just retweeting information, but sharing something useful and positive.

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