I just finished reading Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking (really great read), and she summarizes her success in to three words:

Collect – Connect – Act

I’m currently reading Tara Gentile’s Quiet Power Strategy (also a great read), and she asks:

How do you want to connect?

I’m also in the middle of re-vamping this website to better convey my message and energy. Living my ‘Less is More’ policy, I find myself consistently asking:

When I connect, and I mean really connect, what am I doing?  

What connection modalities leave my energy depleted and my message scattered and diluted?

I’m powerful in person.  Really powerful.  It isn’t uncommon for strangers to approach me to tell me that my presence in a room was akin to a beacon: they didn’t know why, but they had to come over and meet me.

I’m also powerful when leading a group.  In person.

I choose to disengage when I see groups of frenetic energy running around (think hotel conference rooms and networking events).

In this age of social media, with so many connection opportunities, it is more important than ever to understand your style of connection.

When sharing my perspective on connection and energy, I summarize with the following:

1- Incredible energy and everywhere at all times; source energy from others  (I call them the bees)

2- Quiet, powerful presence, opting for stillness and focus; source energy from self (I call us the flowers)

Both are forms of power.  Both are forms of connection.  The choice is up to you.

My only request, please don’t contribute to the noise just because you feel compelled to contribute something.