"An enormous impact on my life"

"Since I joined a circle, I feel more empowered."

A Working Out Loud circle is a peer support group of 4-5 people in which you ask yourself 3 questions:

What am I trying to do?

Who is related to my goal?

How can I contribute to them to deepen our relationships?

Your circle meets for an hour a week for 12 weeks, and a short, simple guide helps you take small steps each week. By the end, you’ll have developed a larger, more diverse network and a set of habits you can apply toward any goal.

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Note: This material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License. In plain language, that means you can download and share the Circle Guides as long as you credit John Stepper and workingoutloud.com. You can’t change them or offer them as part of any for-fee product or service (e.g., training, consulting, software, etc.).

For more information, contact me at john.stepper@workingoutloud.com

I’ve worked with many organizations to adapt the guides. In some cases, it’s a small change. In others, we customize them completely to include the organization’s goals, examples, and technology so it’s even easier for people to practice at work.

DRAFT - Circle Guides v4.0

(Last revision: March 16, 2017. Click each one to open a PDF)

Getting Started (New! v4.01)

Week 1: Choose a simple goal & list people related to it

Week 2: Offer your first contributions

Week 3: Take three small steps

Week 4: Earn someone's attention

Week 5: Make it personal

Week 6: Improve your visibility

Week 7: Be purposeful

Week 8: Become more systematic

Week 9: Explore more original contributions

Week 10: Make it a habit

Week 11: Imagine the possibilities

Week 12: Reflect and celebrate

Circle Guides v3.5.1

(Last revision: Oct 2016. Click each one to open a PDF)

A Two-Page Overview

Getting Started

Goal Worksheet for Week 1

Week 1: Choose a simple goal & list people related to it

Week 2: Offer your first contributions

Week 3: Work your lists

Week 4: Review your online presence

Week 5: Broaden your range of contributions

Week 6: Expand your influence

Week 7: Make it a habit

Week 8: Practice empathy & engagement

Week 9: Explore more original contributions

Week 10: Become more systematic

Week 11: Imagine the possibilities

Week 12: Reflect and celebrate

Circle Leitfaden v3.5.1

(Last revision: Oct 2016. German translations generously provided by Julia Flug.)

12 Wochen auf 2 1/2 Seiten

Los gehts

Woche 1 : Wählen Sie ein einfaches Ziel & listen Sie Personen auf, die damit zu tun haben

Woche 2: Bieten Sie Ihre ersten Beiträge an

Woche 3: Arbeiten Sie an Ihren Listen

Woche 4: Überprüfen Sie Ihre Online-Präsenz

Woche 5: Vergrößern Sie die Bandbreite Ihrer Beiträge

Woche 6: Erweitern Sie Ihren Einflussbereich

Woche 7: Machen Sie eine Gewohnheit daraus

Woche 8: Üben Sie Empathie und Engagement

Woche 9: Entdecken Sie originellere Beiträge

Woche 10: Werden Sie systematischer

Woche 11: Stellen Sie sich vor, was alles möglich wäre

Woche 12: Reflektieren und feiern