Conversations and relationships.
In my humble opinion, that’s what it’s all about. Conversations can, and do lead, to incredible relationships and lifelong friendships.
As you probably know (I’ve blogged and referenced this in several of my episodes), I am an Up With People alumni. I had the honor and privilege to travel as a student in Cast B 1988 and returned to work for them in 1993 (Cast E93, E94, E95).
Just last week, I was in conversation with Alain Thiry, Up With People’s president and CEO (he’s our guest for episode #29) and throughout that conversation, I couldn’t help but think back to the relationships and lifelong friendships that I can directly attribute to my time in Up With People.
Even after 16 plus years, I can several of my Up With People colleagues as dear friends. During my conversation with UWP’s president, I couldn’t help but think of my friend Ken. He and I spent several hours engaged in meaningful conversations during long travels days in the UWP truck. Those great conversations form the cornerstone of our relationship and today, when we reconnect – either by phone or in person – we pick up right were we left off. The time and space between our interactions feels more like a few hours rather than the 4-6 months it really has been.
Through conversation, friendships are formed.
Make this your focus for the weeks to come … use every conversation to lay the foundation to a lifelong friendship.
Image from Great Green Goods