Definitions of Working Out Loud
Simon Terry: Sharing work in progress with a relevant community
Bryce Williams: Narrating your Work + Observable Work (more)
John Stepper: Working Out Loud is an approach to building relationships that can help you in some way. It’s a practice that combines conventional wisdom about relationships with modern ways to reach and engage people. (more)
Ways to Work Out Loud
It means telling others at a meeting, or blogging, or making a video on your phone, or sketching on a chart pad, or drawing on a wall, or tweeting pictures, or uploading a document to SharePoint. Or perhaps, mentioning on Yammer something like: How I learned that. Where I got that idea. My problem and how I solved it. Before-and-after examples. What we did in class today. My slide deck from the big sale last week, with notes about how I handled objections. An obstacle and how I overcame it. How I spent my day. What was hard about that? Why we did it that way. Nuts and Bolts of Show Your Work
The practice starts with three simple questions:
- What am I trying to accomplish?
- Who’s related to my goal?
- How can I contribute to people to deepen our relationship?
Picking a simple goal makes it purposeful, and orients who you choose to build relationships with and what kinds of contributions you might make. Instead of networking to get something, you lead with generosity, investing in relationships that give you access to other people, knowledge, and possibilities. Your contributions can range from recognition & appreciation to sharing learning, resources, and original work that might be helpful to others. (see more).
Supporting Working Out Loud
John Stepper’s Working Out Loud circles is a 12-week small group peer support process to help people to achieve personal and career goals through working out loud. The circles enable people to get ideas, input and support from colleagues as they begin to practice Working Out Loud on a consistent basis. Free guides are available to support people to facilitate the 12-week process.
The History Tree of Working Out Loud
Working Out Loud is not a new idea. This chart attempts to trace some of the genesis of the modern practice of Working Out Loud.