It’s interesting how things show up at the perfect time.
I awoke this morning with some thoughts on connecting with my internet friends around the world. I thought wouldn’t it be nice to sit down, have a cup of coffee and chat with them around my virtual kitchen table?
It would be fun to hang out and see what’s going on in their world. I wondered if it was even possible with so many different time zones. How could this work — Skype?
Then, when I logged in to my email, I came across a post one of my fellow bloggers responded to. It was called, “Get Your Learn On!” by Lisa Voncino, where she talks about how you can video conference using Google+ hangouts. It’s a new concept for me and I was intrigued.
Many years ago, I facilitated talking-stick workshops in the corporate world and loved the idea of bringing people together in a comfortable setting to talk. I’ve always had the feeling that if we felt safe to talk about what was going on in our lives and our differences, genuine connections could be made and lives changed.
After the corporate world, I started a blog with the same concept of talking only not with a talking stick but around a kitchen table. It seems to be where we feel most comfortable. I’ve written personal kitchen-table stories there since 2007 sharing the highs and lows on what’s happening in my life. I write with the hope to connect with others who may have experienced similar things and even different perspectives.
It would be interesting to get your take on this. Do you think it’s possible to create genuine talks around a virtual kitchen table where people feel comfortable and safe enough to be real? I know that might be a stretch for the internet but I’m a believer in possibilities.
Pat from the ol’ kitchen table
(P.S. By the way, this is another first for me in posting this also on LinkedIn.)