According to Malcolm Gladwell, I’m a Connector – with a healthy dose of Maven thrown in. Who am I to argue with best selling author and trend-setter, Malcolm? Connector sounds spot on to me. It almost certainly explains why I am such a fanatic about blogging and social media - they provide unprecedented opportunities to meet and connect with a limitless array of fascinating, brilliant and inspiring people who (due to a myriad of reasons; geography, vocation, social status, ect.) would be otherwise out of my reach.
True to the connector profile, one of my greatest joys is bringing amazing people together.
If you know me, you’ve heard me say “Oh, you should know X – you two would totally hit it off.” or “Oh, you are working on Y? You really have to check out Z – she is doing really great work about that.” I’ve also been known to throw some pretty kick-ass parties, for the sole joy of seeing people from different corners of my world meet.
When two people that I’ve introduced hit it off – “Oh, wow – he is so great.” and “Did you know that X and I both …?” – and I get to see that special spark of a new friendship or alliance just waiting to happen – it’s one of the most fulfilling things I know.
Anais Nin said it best, I think:
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
That’s my moment. When due to a connection I’ve fostered, I get to see a new world born.
So it’s only natural that having found and connected with so many truly exceptional people through this blog and related Facebook and Twitter endeavors over the last year, I would want to find a way to share them with you all.
And…since this is a blog about the power of words, what better way to introduce you than by way of asking them to share their unique relationship to words and the power language?
The world of One Word Wednesday is born.
In this weekly series, I will introduce you to the people that I have learned from, been encouraged, inspired and amused by, hope to emulate, and just plain like.
In doing so, I aim to give rise to many new worlds being born.
Here’s a preview of some of the questions I’ll be asking:
- What one word describes you(and why)?
- What one word describes your mission, or your message(and why)?
- What one word would you give to your audience – like a superpower (and why)?
- What’s your ‘go to’ word? The one that you can always count on to rock your day, or turn the moment around if you are not on your game?
Check back next Wednesday for the first installment. Same bat time, same bat channel. In the meantime, I’d be delighted to hear your answers.