It’s about connecting

The Easter and Passover holidays remind me of one aspect that can be so often lost today – the art of connecting with other people. Technology and telecommunications allows us to connect with people throughout the world, anytime, 24/7. And yet if we only connect electronically, what’s missing? The real you.

I’ve written and spoken before about informal learning, the learning that takes place outside the “formal” aspects of a class or program. It’s what happens when people connect around an issue, concern, or need and share ideas and resources with one another. I’ve also said that informal learning is the predominant way we learn.

So how does connecting fit in? Connecting opens up the opportunity to bring up these needs in a less structured way. And notice I’m purposely saying connecting, not networking. Because networking is a form of connecting for a specific reason. Connecting is just a person-to-person activity that allows you to learn from one another. It provides the shared experience and memories that make us who we are. It allows us, our thoughts and ideas to grow and blossom.

So how to connect?  For extroverts, it’s what we live for!  We love to meet new people and discuss new ideas and thoughts.  For introverts, it can be harder, and I would suggest connecting with people you know, but just reaching out to them more often and frequently.  You’d be surprised at how many good ideas and thoughts you can get this way.  And at the same time, if brings us closer to one another as people.  So try connecting, and see if you’re learning and ideas just skyrocket, or at least multiply.

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About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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