Thursday, June 12, 2008

2nd Annual Bigger Small Talk Summit is History!

There was plenty of Bigger Small Talk to be experienced in Fargo-Moorhead this week! More than 20 brave souls spent Day One in Open Space where we pondered topics like Building Community, Business Leadership for Love or Profit, The Power of the Group, Finding Your Joy/Inner Child, Being. Present., H.U.B. (Humanity Unites Brilliance), The Power of Now, Creative Meeting Places / My Third Place, Obstacles & Opportunities, and Small & Significant.

Needless to say, with those topics, our small talk was almost immediately much bigger!

According to the feedback form, participants especially liked the choice of topics, being able to openly express their thoughts, seeing a new concept at work, the ease with which everyone was able to participate, and the compassion, energy and excitement of the participants.

Dick Richards helped 25 people find and name their Genius at the Genius Workshop on Day Two.

Participants really enjoyed the opportunity to dig deeper and spend an entire day in reflection about themselves and their genius. And, as my new friend and blogging buddy David Zinger pointed out, the Bigger Small Talk Summit is now international! (David hails from Winnipeg, Fargo's northern neighbor.)

It was especially rewarding for me to spend two days with Dick and with David, and we're sending out a challenge to our other blogging friends to join us next year! Here's the tag for Phil Gerbyshak, Mike Sansone, Kammie Kobyleski, Robyn McMaster, Nick Smith, Debbie Call, Kirsten Harrell, Troy Worman, Terry Starbucker, Lisa Haneberg, and heck, Steve Farber! (Of course, anyone else reading this is MORE than welcome to join us, too! The more the merrier - and the bigger the small talk!)

Watch this blog (and Slacker Manager) for more information about next year's event (it will likely be in June right here in beautiful Fargo-Moorhead!).


At 8:20 AM, Blogger Terry Starbucker said...

Hi Jodee! Congrats on your second Bigger Small Talk Summit! With any luck I will make it to your 3rd (thanks for thinking of me). Tell ya what, let's make a deal - if you come to Chicago to SOBCon09 (May 1-3) I'll go to Fargo in June. Deal? :-)

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jodee - I'd sure love to meet you one day. We had a daughter graduate from college this weekend and haven't figured out how to be bi-local at the same time! Thanks for putting your ideas out there and inviting others to join you.

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Terry & Deb:

I will look forward to meeting you in person - hopefully at next year's summit! Terry - I have to check to make sure my chorus competition isn't the same weekend as SOB - I would really like to come next year! Deb - Dick spoke highly of you once again at this year's Genius workshop ... we really have to meet in person!

At 8:12 AM, Blogger whatswithinu said...

Congrats, Jodee on another successful Summit. I am sorry I missed all of you, but was there in spirit for sure!!

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Robyn McMaster, PhD said...

Hi Jodee, thanks so much for the challenge. I'm glad your second conference rolled out so successfully. I'll stay tuned for what's ahead next year.

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Pam & Robyn:

Thanks for the comments! I sure hope both of you can be here next year! We had a blast this year ... onward and upward!!


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