About Working Out Loud
Working Out Loud is a practice that combines conventional wisdom about relationships with modern ways to reach and engage people. It's a very different approach to networking, and it starts with three questions:
- What am I trying to accomplish?
- Who's related to that goal?
- How can I contribute to them to deepen our relationship?
Instead of networking to get something, you lead with generosity, investing in relationships that give you access to other people, knowledge, and possibilities. Part of the process is learning ways to make your work visible and frame it as a contribution. Working Out Loud has been described as "a 21st-century skill" required for modern work.
Working Out Loud Circles are small peer support groups in which you build your own network toward a goal you care about in 12 weeks. With the steps you take each week, you develop habits & a mindset you can apply to any goal. WOL Circles are now in over 20 countries and in a wide range of organizations.
I help organizations create more open, collaborative cultures – and help individuals access a better career and life – by spreading the practice of Working Out Loud.
It started when I was working in a large company and felt like we were all playing career roulette. A new boss or change in the organization would dramatically affect your career and life. Although I knew having a better network could help, traditional networking and personal branding seemed insincere and felt uncomfortable. So I looked for a better way.
In the years that followed, I learned how to build authentic relationships, how to share my work in a way that made it better, and how to create a practice that helped me make my own luck. That practice became Working Out Loud. I’ve seen – first for myself, then for friends and colleagues I coached, and now in Working Out Loud Circles around the world – how Working Out Loud helps people become more effective, more connected, and happier.
To help organizations spread the practice, I offer services ranging from talks & workshops to customized Circle Guides & Training Programs.