Friday 9:20 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

What's holding you back from connecting with others?

Lucy Bain

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We interact with people every day, let's do it a bit better! First I'll cover a bit about improving how you connect with people day to day. Then we'll move into participating in your communities and how to make it a better experience. Finally, I'll discuss some ways to organise events that work for you, so you get the most out of the experience.


A bit of personal story on my journey from being much more shy and reserved in secondary school and before, to deciding to actively work on being more extroverted (really charismatic or outgoing), to where I am today leading meetup groups and being very active in the community. There would also be some talk about why being more extrovert (or at least being able to turn on being more outgoing) can be helpful, practical steps to being more outgoing, and a smidge on community building.

I decided to expand this talk to cover more about community building as well. These sections will cover participating in existing community events and starting events on your own.