Over the years, I have resisted the concept of re-sharing content from others. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been doing it over the last 2 years. I’ve shared quotes and articles of others. I don’t have a problem with the concept of sharing. There are a lot of people who do that, and they do it well. I love the creative process of building on the shoulders of others. I want to not just be a conduit. I want to add to the conversation.
For me, I have decided I am going to take the “Yes, and…..” route and challenge myself. What the heck does that mean?
“Yes, and….” comes from the world of improv. In improv, one participant states something. The second participant accepts it as truth. The “and” part of this principle means the second participant then builds on the truth in the first participant’s statement. By building on the established truth, the communication line continues.
Applying “Yes, and….” outside of improv has the same effect. In our workplace or personal life, the dialog keeps going. Building on another person’s idea has the result of validating the first statement. With their statement validated, the first participant remains engaged and committed to the conversation.
By challenging myself to apply the “Yes, and….” approach to my social media efforts and blog posts, I am committing I’m not going to just share others’ work. I’m going to add my perspective to articles, tweets, and quotes. I’m going to also continue to write 1000 words per day. There’s a risk you won’t approve or like what I have to say.
That’s ok. You can just ignore my writings. Hopefully, there are a few of you that will. Maybe a few of you will like my content on LinkedIn. You might even sign up for my newsletter at www.belithe.com. For those of you who re-tweet or re-share, feel free to share my content. 🙂
I hope I am up to the content challenge. I’m hoping you will hold me accountable.