We all have some super intriguing acquaintance we share an orbit with at the (gym, walking the dog, market), who we exchange a few words with and get launched into new dimensions of fresh thought. Or maybe it’s the partner of one of our friends who we have heard so many great things about but with whom we never get a chance to talk. In either case, even the smallest ray of conversation shines like a bolt of prairie lightning and we know that, if only there was more time to chat, we could…..
Spitballing drafts can be like making ice (takes a long time to produce a solid outcome), and to know which ideas won’t instantly melt away in the hot light of scrutiny, we have to enlist the help of others. Our networks provide sounding boards, though real magic can be found by getting the perspectives of people who think outside our usual boxes. That’s where the intriguing acquaintance, the one who very well might be the most interesting person on the planet (at least, maybe), comes in. But how to connect?
First off, if finding a moment to share with someone who could be the peanut butter for our chocolate is like trying to make a lunch date with Oprah, it might be time to take a fresh look at the old schedule. Let’s face it, if there is no time for anything new, nothing new will happen (yawn). Assuming there is time to pencil in creative session between grocery shopping and soccer games, make it happen. Our point here is to promote this effort, to say “YES! this will be time well spent,” and to acknowledge that we all need to involve other people in our thought processes, especially people beyond the borders of our usual thinking.