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Thursday, October 5 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
[GENERAL CONFERENCE] Guarding Your Heart While Building Community

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Building relationships & community is much different in the online-digital world than it was before we had the internet. And as a relationship & community builder in the present day, there is more access and demand for you and your time than ever before. Building relationships and community takes a lot of intentional work, time and energy that can make a difference in the world. But all of this doesn’t come without some sacrifice and challenges. And one of those challenges, is that with the increasing access to online technology and communication, people have become more and more desensitized in human interaction, communication and engagement. Simply put, anyone can hide behind a computer screen or phone and say and do things that they wouldn't normally do if they were in the same room with that person. And community builders, whether small or large, seem to be prime targets to this type of unhealthy and painful communication. 
Thus, as a community builder, you are more susceptible to increased online criticism, rejection and judgement. And while they say, words can't hurt you or to not take it personally, however, it's terribly challenging to be subject to such public critique without some of the pain settling into the cracks of your broken heart. Yes, community building is fun, exciting and powerful, but it can be heart breaking at times too. Being a community builder in incredibly rewarding and fulfilling, but it comes with great risk and responsibilities that if not prepared, one can easily fall apart. I believe if we are made aware and are more prepared in how to engage in community building without it wreaking havoc on our well-being, then I believe more people can stick with it and create serious positive changes in the world. 
Therefore, during my presentation I'd like to share 5 rules to guarding your heart while building community. I plan to go far beyond a surface conversation of self-care and shaking the haters off, but to instead explore the psychology of why we need community, the sociology of community building and the physical, mental and spiritual tactics we can use to build a strong community without tearing our hearts a part in the process. We all have work to do and I want to support the community of Be Blogalicious in doing the great work they’re called to do. 

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Monique Melton

Author, Speaker and Coach
Monique Melton is a relationship coach for women, a speaker and author of the books EntrepreFriendships & Threads Unraveled. All of her work is central to supporting women in building & strengthening their relationships while doing the work their called to do. She is a natural big-bold... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Alto Room

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