I’m in Week 5 of a Working Out Loud Circle (must be my 4th or 5th Circle). The title of this week’s Circle guide is ‘Make It Personal.’ The Circle Guides are available as free downloadable resources from workingoutloud.com – here’s the link to the Week 5 Guide.
I couldn’t attend my Circle meeting this week (clash with a client meeting) so am catching up on the activities in the Guide, and sharing output with my Circle members on a Slack group that we’ve set up to stay connected between weekly meetings.
One of the activities in this week’s guide is one of my very favourites from the whole 12-week Circle process. It’s called ‘so much to offer’ and is aimed at helping Circle participants to appreciate how many aspects of their experience could potentially be of value and form the basis of a contribution to someone else. I like how this exercise makes me look broadly at my life experience and how I could draw on this to offer support and insight to others.
The exercise instructions are to write 50 facts about yourself. Use the link provided earlier in this post to read the full instructions for the exercise and examples given. As I’ve done this several times before and I’m in an expansive phase right now I pushed myself to put 100 things on my list, and to think about both my professional and personal life experiences. Here’s a link to my list (made in Evernote) as an example of the range of things that could end up forming the basis of a contribution to someone in my network. If you have done this exercise or proceed to do it and you are comfortable sharing this list please post a link in comments or share on Twitter and mention me in your post so I see it. I’m curious to see what others put on their list.