As many of you prepare for a summer of learning — via a variety of venues — edcamps, conferences (both in house and online), and summits — to share your expertise…….
Some of you carry with you the “recognition” factor. You are – what I call “the knowns”. You blog frequently, you have an abundance of followers, you might podcast, you might instragram or voxer, you have keynoted/featured speaker, and won a variety of awards.
You might have even been given a “label” of some type.
An elevation perhaps that puts you into a category — that at times, can distance you from others.
I encourage you to remember your journey — and share it with others. It is easy to say “look what I have achieved and marvel at it” — but it is more helpful and much more educational to say “let me tell you how I was able to do this.”
You can have your minions circulate around you this summer — and walk away with your ego patted on the back — OR you can take this opportunity to grow others in their own journey.
I ask you to…….
* Take the time to not have people walk UP to you….but walk up to others.
* Take the time to sit in the session of a first time presenter….and then invite them to coffee afterwards and listen to their ideas.
* Take the time to share the names of others who have helped you on your journey…..and introduce people to other people.
* Take the time to invite someone new to your table when you go out to dinner…..you don’t need to entertain them, just make them feel included.
* Take the time to use the words you and us and them …..instead of I and me.
When you become an authority — which many of you are —
And respected — which many of you are…….
People will marvel — and with that marvel, there is also the tendency to step back.
I invite you….this summer…..to step forward.
and share how you got to where you are now.