What is more important? The way the person makes you feel or the way the person communicates with you?
What if the person makes you feel great, nurtured, and positive because of their behavior, but you don’t say much to each other?
What if the person engages with you in the most interesting conversations and builds rapport verbally, but you don’t feel a strong desire to hang out with her or him on a regular basis?
Even if one feeds into another, being and communicating are two things.
What feeds a lack of verbal communication? What feeds a lack of nonverbal communication? That extra work that shows that we care?
Is it because we may be hidding something?
Or, perhaps that we don’t compliment each other?
What if not fully showing up in front of the other person accounts for a lack of communication. But first, can you fully show up in front of yourself? Naked, Honest, and Raw?….vulnerable?
To make the world a better place, start with small acts of kindness.
In connection with OpenIDEO’s challenge “How might inspire young people to cultivate creative confidence?” I organized an OpenSTORM session with a group of friends.
Warmup Exercise: “How might we cultivate an attitude toward openness?”
Lessons Learned: Go from generic to specific examples.
Grouping ideas together: 3 categories that stood out the most.
Lesson Learned: Offer one topic to brainstorm on, not two or more ideas.
- exploring new geographies
- cultivating attitude of “yes” and listening
- dismantle object and put them together in different way
Concept: Reverse Engineer
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