Inspired By My Community

Experience the advantages of being part of a passionate community.

Experience the advantages of being part of a passionate community.

Here in Phoenix, we are in the midst of Geek Week AZ, a project designed to schedule several independent creative and technical events into a short time frame.  Our “week” started on November 3 with Ignite Phoenix, and ends on November 15 with the final day of PodCamp AZ, with many other outstanding events between these bookends.

This is the first time we have attempted Geek Week, and it’s been a resounding success in the community. I’m personally finding myself challenged by it because I want to participate in, not just attend, too many events. There isn’t enough room in my schedule to let me do all of the fun stuff available at the same time. That’s where priorities come in.

Observing Brilliance Brings Inspiration

I have attended many Geek Week events, and I’ve been inspired by several things I’ve seen. In fact, I would say I’ve been more inspired because I’ve seen so many things close together rather than spread out. I’ve seen patterns in things, spotted trends, and gotten a pulse on what the cool kids are thinking from this experience. Most of this information isn’t new, and it confirms what I had observed from a distance and over time. However, seeing such great examples of specific things crammed together has really inspired me in an unexpected way.

I’m always looking for new ways to market my services, things that are not routine, things that take advantage of my natural interests and abilities. For example, when I got on Twitter, none of my friends and peers were on it. That let me be a leader, and set the stage for my Twitter for Beginners ebook (which is undergoing an update to version 2 as I write this). I used my instructional design skills along with my experience teaching people to use software to help business people find their footing on Twitter.

Creative Business Solution

One of the greatest challenges I face in my business is educating my clients and potential clients about the value added by my services. I’m not talking about converting people who don’t get it. I’m talking about explaining the processes and principles I use in user assistance design so my clients can talk to their clients about the value added by these products. I’m talking about empowering my clients to engage their own clients in a new way so they sell their products more effectively and efficiently.

So, I’m noodling about my next client education project when I get this new idea. A new idea inspired by things I’ve been watching take place in my community during Geek Week. In just a few minutes, lightening strikes and I’m inspired to take something I’ve seen and apply it to my situation using my skills and my take on it. It’s genius, even if I say so myself.

I’m not prepared to day to spill the beans about my new project. Some in my community will be hearing about it as I will need some collaborators to pull off my vision. I’ll be posting the finished project here within a few weeks.

Sparking Brilliance

The whole point of my post today isn’t to tell you that I’ve got a new top secret project in the works. It’s to tell you the unbelievable value I get from watching my community showcase it’s members, and engaging with individuals who are truly expressing their personal brilliance. Your brilliance and passion have stirred me to find new ideas and new ways to express my own brilliance and passion. I’m changed because I’ve engaged with you. I’m better because I am part of an amazing community.

Can you say the same thing? Are you surrounded by a community that puts value on self-expression, passion, and excellence? If not, find yourself a new community, because being part of a great community can only make you better at what you do.

About author:

Charlene is the information strategist behind Crow Information Design.

3 Responses to “Inspired By My Community”

  1. Jana says:

    Charlene -

    The most important part is that you show up. And you are a champion at showing up – and not only showing up, but getting involved in any way you possibly can.

    “There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – I submit that you do both.
    .-= Jana ´s last blog ..JLKnapp: AMEN!! RT @conrey: "those who say it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt the people doing it" =-.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Break a leg, my friend! Your brilliance lights the way for all of us.

  3. Charlene says:

    Thanks, ladies, for the kind comments.

    I’ve learned, often the hard way, that showing up and paying attention to the best of what is around is the happiest way to live my life. Sure there are other options, but they were not making me happy. I’m choosing happiness whenever I can now. That means looking for the brilliance in everyone around me. And there is plenty of it to find!

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