24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another...
Recently I had a couple of job interviews for a well-known greeting card company. In each interview I was asked what I could bring to the table. Without even hesitating, I responded that I really enjoy hearing people's stories, and I do! Whenever I meet someone new, there's a list of questions I can't wait for an opportune moment to ask. One of the first things that's fun to me is discovering if the acquaintance and I have anyone or anyplace in common. You know, the six degrees to Kevin Bacon thing.
What do you want to know first about someone you are introduced to? What's the first thing you want to share with them? Are you like me and try to wait at least 3 minutes before whipping out the phone to show off pix of the grandkids? (Have you heard the term "mommyJack"? It's me! Always looking for a way to turn a conversation into one about my kids or granddaughters.) Have you done something really cool lately that you've been hoping to have chance to talk to someone new about it? Maybe you're a movie buff and are looking for a Siskel to go with your Ebert. Are you a sports fan and size people up by their favorite teams? What's at the intersection for you and possibly a new friend?
As an educator in an urban school district, probably the most important teaching strategy I used, like most of my colleagues, was helping students make connections (aka build schema). If you're a Letterman or Conan or Oprah fan, you've seen them do the same thing, ask their guests questions until they find something in common (of course, hosts and guests may have scripts, or at least a bio for the host). My hope is that by sharing a little about me, we will find a place, an interest, or maybe a belief that will be the intersection where we can meet.
Back to Kevin Bacon. Isn't he just the cutest thing! Not to mention talented. Is there anyone out there who remembers one of his earliest roles on the daytime soap opera, Guiding Light? Everybody's got to start somewhere, right? To me, those stories can be the most fun and the most inspirational.
So, come on folks! I'm still learning about this whole blogging adventure, but I think the "Comments" button is hot. One of the things about social media that can be advantageous is that we can choose to be basically anonymous, which can be liberating for the reticent (Sounds smart, doesn't it? Heard in while watching Music Man last weekend.), or just plain chicken among us. I'd love to hear what's on your mind, which is only fair since you've been so gracious by "listening" to what's on mine.
Is there a story, yours or someone else's, you'd like to share? Will you meet me at the intersection of Kevin Bacon and Your Story?
My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships.
Jada Pinkett Smith
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