Oh, The People You’ll Meet

The wonderful thing is that everyone is usually on their best behavior,
fellow seekers with common interests, so the chances of making meaningful
connections is exceptionally high. ~ Jane Davenport, artist

Shortly after arriving for a visit with my Aunt Marge, she’d say, “Tell me about the interesting people you’ve been meeting.” I enjoyed telling her about the creative participants who attend my seminars as much as she enjoyed hearing about the newcomers in my life.

When I created the Joyfully Jobless Weekend events, I knew that one of the huge bonuses for attendees is the potential connections they’d make. That’s precisely what’s been happening. For instance, in the Houston event, as soon as one participant mentioned raising alpacas, a woman on the other side of the room stood up and said, “I need to talk to you.” At the break, I watched them busily exchanging information.

On my way home from Houston, I decided to create a place to give you a glimpse of a few of the folks who have been spending a weekend with me. Of course, as the year goes on, I’ll be adding more stories. I can’t wait to see who I’ll meet next.

Jill Allison Bryan is a musician and creativity coach whom I met at the Joyfully Jobless Weekend in Dallas. Recently, the Dallas Morning News featured Jill in an article titled Dallas Coach Helps Find Time to Get Creative.

You can also find out more about Jill’s business here.

Janet Scarborough Civitelli, psychologist/writer at VocationVillage.com, wrote a terrific tip sheet called 10 Things I Learned At A Joyfully Jobless Weekend.

She says, “In building a business, even introverts benefit from connection. Whether you are brand new to self-employment or you are an experienced solopreneur who wants to meet other “joyfully jobless” people and learn some new things, a Joyfully Jobless Weekend is a fun and educational thing to do. I highly recommend it.

Steve Coxsey, is a Dallas-area certified coach who is committed to helping others tap into their personal power. After attending the very first Weekend, he wrote this terrific piece.

5 Reasons to Attend Live Events in Person

I am a big fan of distance learning through teleseminars and webinars. All of my coaching classes take place over a bridge line. I also advocate watching videos or listening to recordings or reading transcripts made of live workshops. If you can’t be there, you still get a lot of the experience.

But not all of it.

There are experiences that people have at workshops when they attend live that can’t be duplicated. Here are 5 of the most powerful.

Meet people who share your deep values

I have been to gatherings of therapists, coaches, and business owners. I search for people who share my love of lifelong learning and my commitment to becoming and creating.

Finding someone I “click” with in those gatherings has been like finding a needle in a haystack.

But when I have attended workshops with groups of people coming to learn and apply their learning in an area that excites me, I find kindred spirits. They’re personal chefs, fitness trainers, organizing consultants, comedians, and writers. If I looked in those groups I would still be looking for needles in a haystack. At a workshop, the needles come together in one room.

Be part of a group that develops a feeling of community

I have been in small groups that develop a strong sense of community and connection, but it usually happens over a long period of time. I felt it in a weekly professional writers’ group I attended for years, and I feel it in my coaching support group. But it’s rare.

When I have attended workshops with people sharing their enthusiasm and commitment to learning and growing, community has developed easily. The people who attend are open-hearted, inviting, and interested in learning about other people. And they are eager to see you succeed.

Participate in the power of the mastermind

Napoleon Hill introduced the idea of the mastermind 75 years ago in Think and Grow Rich. When a group of people gather to focus on similar goals and challenges, even if their individual focus is their own results, they gain perspective from other people’s points of view. They see an obstacle as a puzzle instead of a problem, or a changing environment as an opportunity instead of certain decay.

On top of that, people who invest themselves in the process experience the presence of an additional mind, a shared mind, the mastermind .

In Jungian psychology it’s the collective unconscious. In coaching it’s the power of intuition and listening at the third level.

Whatever it is, it’s powerful, it’s exciting, and it can happen among the people who  attend workshops.

A strong commitment to yourself

In order to attend a workshop, you have to set aside your time and money. You have to pay for the event, and you may have to pay for travel, too. Through those commitments, you show yourself the workshop experience is important to you.

That focus energizes your internal dance of becoming and creating. When you show yourself that you value becoming and creating, your heart and mind are more open and receptive to what you are going to experience.

Get in the conversation

This is a phrase I learned from Barbara Winter. When you are passionate about something, or drawn to it, or just curious about it, you explore how it fits you by getting in the conversation.

As you talk to people knowledgeable in that area, you find out how much you know and what you need to learn. You also find out where to find resources and how to learn from other experts. By engaging with other people who are the interested seekers, you can put your own ideas on the table and get feedback.                           

A workshop of people gathered around a shared interest is a fantastic opportunity to start conversations. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to make connections so you can keep the conversations going after the event.

Bonus Reason: Meet your mentor in person

I have read Barbara Winter’s book Making a Living Without a Job, I subscribe to her newsletter Winning Ways, I have attended her teleclasses, and I have listened to the audio of Making Dreams Happen, a multiple day training and workshop event where Barbara Winter, Barbara Sher, and Valerie Young presented. I have even spoken with Barbara Winter on the phone and exchanged emails with her several times. None of these compare to the experience of talking with her at a live event. None.

Commit your time, your money, your mind, and your heart to your own process of becoming and creating. Find a workshop that’s calling out to you and attend.

Note: You can learn more about Steve’s coaching services here.