Individuals make a community

Recently, I came across a question asking for people’s number one tip on building a community.

For me, the answer is easy. I said something similar to, “Never underestimate the power of one-on-one conversations.”

For any professional skill, it can be tempting to feel like you need to have all the answers. Community building, however, extends beyond the “professional”; it’s relationship-building. For me, the purpose of community is, quite simply, to meaningfully connect with others.

A practice that I’ve incorporated into my work – and life – is simply setting reminders to check in with others, whether it’s a spontaneous connection via Slack or an intentional reminder in my daily calendar. These one-on-one conversations are often the most enlightening part of my work, and also end up being the most joyful parts of my day.

3 responses to “Individuals make a community”

  1. Hari Shanker Avatar

    This is the most beautiful thing I’ve read today. As someone that has immensely benefited from 1:1 conversations with you, I agree completely and now try to do the same as much as possible.

    Oh, in case I haven’t told you, thank you so much for lighting up the lives of the people around you, Erica. I think I speak for a lot of people, but I can safely say that it means the world to all of us!

    1. Erica V. Avatar

      That makes me so happy, Hari! Our chats are always my absolute favorite. Your enthusiasm and optimism inspire me so much. I can’t wait until the next time we can chat in person 🤗

  2. Lessons from a public introvert – Erica Varlese Avatar

    […] when in doubt, focus on one-on-one outreach. I mentioned that personal conversations are often my greatest source of inspiration. While proposals, discussions, and decisions need to be […]

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