As 2017 rushes (seemingly) towards it's end people tend to find themselves "being busy" and take less time to connect to those around them, try and clear their to-do list in the promise of a wee celebration and time off in the sun (or snow, if you're northern hemisphere inclined).
Being busy, being "super busy" is however, not what life is about ... not this time of the year or any time. Having read The Disease of Being Busy by Omid Safi (@ostadjaan), we'd like to pass on this golden nugget for when people ask, "How are you?"
I am not asking how many items are on your to-do list, nor asking how many items are in your inbox. I want to know how your heart is doing, at this very moment. Tell me. Tell me your heart is joyous, tell me your heart is aching, tell me your heart is sad, tell me your heart craves a human touch. Examine your own heart, explore your soul, and then tell me something about your heart and your soul.
And so, when you come along to the #WellyTech Party (Thu 30th Nov - details) remember that people want to connect, they love to know "you remember you are still a human being, not just a human doing."
As those celebration events pile up in the calendar it can be overwhelming (hence why we try to get something that can cover all and do it one big hit - this year we'll be learning, we will get better). Our friend Victoria MacLennan (@optimalhq) has excellent advice with her Functions, events, parties — survival tips article. We particularly love:
Vic’s tip — the only thing that works for me is to bake their name into my mind as quickly as possible, repeat their name when we are introduced “lovely to meet you Betty” then use their name in the next sentence (or 10 if that’s what it takes). People suggest other methods like associating them with a celebrity or finding a reason to care about them — these just don’t work for me.
Extra tip — don’t be embarrassed to ask their name again if you have forgotten it 2 minutes later, everyone is in the same overwhelming information boat, they won’t judge you.
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