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400 Friends and No One to Call: Breaking through Isolation and Building Community

Feeling alone and isolated during the coronavirus pandemic and stay at home orders? While social media enables us to make connections with more people than ever before, social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States. During the pandemic, these feelings of isolation can be exasperated, with feelings of fear and overwhelm taking over. As it turns out, we can have hundreds of “friends” on social media without having any meaningful connections whatsoever.

In episode 84 of Fresh Tracks, author Val Walker shares a two-step process to breaking through isolation, even in this time of self-isolation and the covid-19 pandemic. In environments where we find ourselves struggling to fit-in and hoping to find “our people”, Val provides tips for creating community and lasting connections that add depth, purpose and caring to your life, even while staying safe at home.

Show Notes:
3:45 – Val’s painful discovery of isolation and the shame behind it
8:50 – The difference between isolation and loneliness
11:30 – The one thing we all have in common right now
15:25 – Recognizing it’s time to create Fresh Tracks in your relationships
21:15 – Suggestions on how to begin reaching out
27:05 – The value in creating your tribe rather than finding it
30:50 – Using your five callings to create community

Val Walker is the author of 400 Friends and No One to Call: Breaking through Isolation and Building Community, which is a book about breaking out of isolation and building friendships, community, and a sense of belonging. Reaching isolated and disadvantaged communities for twenty-four years, she has organized and led support groups, outreach initiatives, and training programs for people living with serious illness, disability, grief, and trauma.

Val’s is a contributing blogger for Psychology Today and her articles and interviews have appeared in publications such as TIME, AARP, Whole Living, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Coping with Cancer, Boston Globe Magazine, Chicago Tribune, McClean’s (Canada).
Learn more at www.ValWalkerAuthor.com

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Episode 014 – How to Create a Super Engaged Online Community

In episode 14 of Fresh Tracks, Jordana Jaffe shares her secrets to starting and growing a thriving and engaged Facebook group. Jordana explains how Facebook groups can be an awesome way to create a private and safe community for your tribe to share with each other and participate in a vulnerable way. Jordana compares Facebook groups to creating a virtual home where people are invited in (versus a traditional Facebook page everyone can see and join), and provides tips to create a space for support and collaboration among members

Jordana’s active Facebook group, Gena + Jordana & Your Magical Business, has grown to over 2600 people in less than six months! Engagement, direction and setting boundaries are the big takeaways. Her frustration with the limits of Facebook pages and the coziness of creating a closed group are what inspired her passion to create her own Facebook community. Learn about Jordana’s go-first principle and it’s effectiveness in creating dialogue, openness and vulnerability in her group in this week’s episode of Fresh Tracks!

1:28 – How Jordana’s desire to gather community started her journey as a Facebook group leader.
4:10 – Why creating a cozy space for folks to share is not a cookie cutter approach for everyone
6:28 – Ideas for getting your Facebook group engaged and participating
9:01 – How to know if starting a Facebook group is the right tool for you
12:39 – The important role of providing direction and invitation in Facebook groups
17:29 – Three steps to be super clear on before you invite anyone to your group
19:15 – The most important thing to do when you first start your group
22:18 – Getting started no-no’s

About Jordana Jaffe

Jordanna Jaffe HSJordana Jaffe teaches women entrepreneurs who are introverts or homebodies how to create their own super engaged FB group so that they can grow their own online community and get clients without spending money and while staying at home in their cozy PJs. As a fellow introvert and homebody, Jordana totally understands how people can feel angsty and uncomfortable when it comes to offline networking and making small talk. Once she found a solution and an alternative, she felt inspired to teach everyone else who were interested how to do the same thing.

You can join Jordana’s own community here: bit.ly/youaremagical