SunZu – Conversation, Dialogue or Monologue?
Sometimes, getting going is the toughest thing...
...Like starting a conversation with the gorgeous man or woman at the bar to whom you’re attracted yet hesitate to engage with, in case they reject you or you go blank and can’t think of anything interesting to say.
You do, at heart, know what to do, you may even know how to do it (to initiate the conversation, that is!) but you can’t quite overcome the nervousness and fear. In fact, your heart is not working with your head, and the sneaky inner critic is feeding you that old line about ‘not being good enough'.
So, do you have another drink, and gain some courage that way? Do you compose your chat-up line carefully and confidently? Or do you go blank anyway - allow the opportunity to slip away and remain quiet and lonely on your own territory, never knowing what excitement and joy might have ensued if you’d overcome your doubts and gone ahead? Or is it something else that needs to happen?
It can be the same in the working world for writers, for business people out networking, for salespeople – in fact, for anyone in certain circumstances that leave them feeling vulnerable and uncertain – the metaphorical blank sheet of paper fills your mind and heart with terror and you don’t take the action needed to create whatever it is you want to achieve.
The best advice for writers is to start writing something – anything – just get words on the paper, and allow what emerges to emerge. It works, too; and in almost any context. The Muse, your Muse, will show up if you put in the work and expect The Muse to do so. Famously prolific U.S. author, Elmore Leonard, once said that all good writing is rewriting – and that his books were so successful and readable because of what he left out rather than what he kept in, so having to get it perfect first time doesn’t matter. In fact, if you wait to be perfect, you’ll never do anything, you’ve just got to get going and expect to improve, keep refining and get momentum going.
So what stops someone getting started with SunZu?
SunZu isn’t a blank sheet; there’s already a lot happening here.
But it is different; it is a change for those who have been migrated from the previous incarnation (and human beings prove time and again that they aren’t all that enamoured of change!)
The platform does need a bit of time and patience to understand; it’s developing all the time, it’s a living responsive thing, and like all of us, it will always be perfectly imperfect, that delicious paradox of life!
The people using the platform, especially those who are not actively engaging yet, ‘just looking’, also need time and patience and understanding, for and from themselves, and for and from everyone involved in this venture. The social media world is crowded, noisy, always-on, demanding of attention and time. Deciding where to engage and invest needs some strategic thinking.
SunZu is different. It offers a lot, and it does need a two-way, even a multi-way, effort.
Community grows from mutual respect, integrity, openness, trust, genuine interest and caring. We need to care about each other. That means caring about each other’s wants and needs, both with regard to business growth and with regard to the underpinning of wellbeing that sustains growth in human life. That means becoming a tribe.
Seth Godin, bestselling author, marketing guru, inspirational force, suggests ‘Go Make Something Happen’ and says:
‘Great leaders create movements by empowering the tribe to communicate. They establish the foundation for people to make connections, as opposed to commanding people to follow them….the gradual but inexorable growth of the tribe a loosely coordinated movement of activists that gained in force until it couldn’t be stopped.’
But you’ve got to get involved to make it happen.
The simple thing here on SunZu is to contribute content – snippets of news, short thought pieces, stories, articles and requests for information. They don’t have to be long articles or research papers, nor do they need to be concentrated on your own area of expertise.
- Creates value,
- Offers solutions,
- Suggests options,
- Shares challenges and
- Provokes new thinking.
Content that tells stories, amuses, entertains and stimulates - and requests a response, encouraging further contribution. Which could mean leaving a response here and now...
Responding to content that people craft really is a good next step – it’s always great to be acknowledged, we all appreciate that, and it takes only a short time to tell someone you have read their post, to like it and vote it up. Make comments, expand the discussions. You don’t have to agree, as long as you question in a fair and honest way, you can stimulate debate and bring a healthy exchange to life.
Connection is key – adopt an open policy of connecting with many people and get interested in their story. More about the power of connection next time…