The Art of Connection
“When you understand that being connected to others is one of life’s greatest joys, you realize that life’s best comes when you initiate and invest in solid relationships.”John C. Maxwell
Connection is everything.
Connection is the foundation for our happiness, our health, the art we create, the love we make, and the joy we feel. Our connections are the foundation for A Day Well Lived. And A Life Well Lived. (See Harvard Study). Even the simplest connection–a smile at the right time–can profoundly impact a day, or a life.
It doesn’t matter what you call it.
Call this whatever you want or need. Call this work coaching, guiding, mentoring advising, counseling, producing, or even consulting–the labels do not matter. The work does.
Together, we forge these connections.
The work we do helps strip away the facades and defaults that hide the raw materials of our humanity. This where we find the good stuff–vulnerability, authenticity, emotional intelligence, trust, and, yes, the healthy dose of risk–that creates The Art of Connection. This is where we forge the processes that create the milestones and memories that define success in its many forms.
Connection comes in many shapes & sizes, forms & functions.
From brands looking for new ways to connect to their audiences, young people trying to connect with their friends or parents, or our journeys to connect to ourselves, humans seek and respond to authentic connections.
This is Life’s Work.
Throughout my career, I’ve partnered with companies and humans of all ages in search of deeper connections. I’ve worked with students, solopreneurs, start-ups, and multi-national organizations. Non-profits and so-many profits. Athletes. Influencers. Humans. We all want the same thing. To feel connected.
Ourselves, each other & our surroundings.
We identify message & voice, create processes that resonate, and build a sustainable flow for lasting connections–to ourselves, each other, and our surroundings (communities, nature, Universe).
We always start with a deep dive into the archives. We peel back the layers of history. We review experiences. We talk about values, dreams, goals, processes. We get raw. Only then can we reveal the voice and message that defines how we begin the journey.
“Todd’s gift is understanding brands (like some kind of whisperer) and then causally developing activations & messaging that create connection magic. I can’t explain how it works. It just does. Todd is a charismatic, smart, funny human who truly loves what he does, and the people/brands he works with.” — Mollie Hansen, Airstream CMO
Once we understand who we are, we explore and define a sustainable process that creates a clear pathway to success (in its many forms). What do we want our lives to feel like? How do we want to better express ourselves? How can we better connect?
“Todd helped us develop messaging and strategy around several sales communications challenges. His ability to effectively translate the diverse needs of multiple teams to craft a variety of outputs helped us define our industry leadership position.” — Rod Johnson, Frmr. SVP – North America ERP, EPM & SCM Enterprise Business, Oracle
The deep, lasting connections are where the magic happens. This is why we’re here. This is where brand loyalty is built. And where life takes on deeper meaning. These connections are the measure of a both a job well done, and a life well lived. This is the Art.
“It’s all about ripples that start by someone with kindness and courage throwing a pebble in the water. You did that and the ripples reached him. You do what many want to do or wish they could do. You are making a difference for the better in people’s lives. Thank you, Todd.” — Dad of Teenager/Mentoring
Our work together helps support a variety of mental health organizations by donating a percentage of proceeds from my work. I look forward to sharing more about this as we grow.
Let’s talk. Please schedule a (free) call to discover how I might be able to help you or your organization create better lasting connections. Or maybe just call to talk. I’m good with that.