September 1, 2017
My nephew, Evan, lost a tooth last month. It’s what you do when you are 5. It was his first! Being 7, his brother continues to lose teeth too. The tooth fairy is camping out in my brother’s house for the next few years. This physical reminder of development; seeing an opening, a spot of bloody gum, reminds me that we are all constantly growing. It is a treat to see.
I often think we adults don’t have such noticeable indications of growth – ones that are so strikingly visible. Yet, we do grow and we should celebrate with our own version of tooth fairies. In my coaching work, I support individuals as they become clearer, stronger, and more assured. I see participants in my workshops sit up, increase their volume, and leave knowing more than they did when they walked in the room at 8am, heads high. They deserve celebration.
I often end a workshop with Peter Block’s question, “How might your world, and the world as a whole, be different as a result of your participation in this particular experience?” It is a tall order that the world can change in a day, but it sure can. That is why we are in the transformational business we are in. One tooth at a time. How can you be someone’s tooth fairy and celebrate their development?
If you have any questions, comments or topic suggestions, please feel free to email me at Jennifer@jenniferabrams.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
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About Jennifer Abrams
Jennifer Abrams considers herself a "voice coach," helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of an audience, coaching a colleague and supervising an employee. Jennifer holds a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in English from Tufts University. She lives in Palo Alto, California. Jennifer's publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicating, Collaborating & Creating Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, the Whens and the What Ifs. She has also created a Corwin Press e-course by the same name.
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“I hope you are well. I approached you right after your morning session on hard conversations to thank you for the amazing workshop. I shared that I am tough to impress. Equally, important, I never smile. Nonetheless, your approach elicited a genuine excitement and passion for the work.”