I must say a huge thanks to Lauren Hug for the title for this blog – please watch her TEDx talk (embedded below) and you’ll see what I mean. Lauren sees practicing kindness in how we communicate on social media as a key way to transform how we connect with each other. It is also a great way to enhance how we communicate with anyone, anywhere, to really build our relationships with others. Please take a bit of time to watch this video (it’s about 15 mins long) – Lauren shares a personal story and really lets us see her, giving each of us an opportunity to connect with her whether you’ve met her in person or not.
To share our ideas, in fact to work as a team with other people we must have trust before we can communicate openly. And in order to have trust kindness is a key component. Only if I think I’m likely to be met by kindness from someone who will really listen to what I have to share will I open up about what I’m working on, my experience and where I’m getting stuck.*
If you watch the video then firstly, thanks for taking the time to do it. And I request you do one more thing – leave a comment on the video (you probably have to go to YouTube for this or comment on this post and I will forward to Lauren) that makes it visible you watched and connected with what she says. Views & Likes are one thing, but they leave so little of ourselves. Please share something you got from watching her video: no matter how small a thing it seems to you, it is valuable.
That will be you connecting, visibly, with another human being. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for all of us :-)
*(See my post on Star Wars, talking and motivation for an idea why opening up could be useful when working in a team)
Also a massive thanks to Jonas Vincent for the image via unsplash which made me think so much of kindness, connection and creating space to share our experiences with others.