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Can I Pick Your Brain?

Can I Pick Your Brain?

I get asked A LOT by colleagues, friends and potential clients if they can pick my brain. For a cup of coffee. Or perhaps over lunch. Or even in an email or phone call. All of my being wants to say "YES" to all of these requests! After all, I'm in the business of...

27 Tips to Increase Retention

27 Tips to Increase Retention

I just recently participated in one of the most impactful and insight filled exercises of my speaking career. It was an activity that took 3 hours with 12 top notch speakers/facilitators during a weekend retreat. We divided the group in half and created two concentric...

4 Questions Under 4 Words Each to Spark Engagement

4 Questions Under 4 Words Each to Spark Engagement

Recently, I gave an interactive keynote in Cartagena, Colombia for the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit. This amazing group from 35+ countries helped me re-learned a lesson I had forgotten:   The simplest questions are often the most powerful questions   American...

How to Connect to Content

How to Connect to Content

If you’ve been following Will and me for any length of time, you know that we love this idea of “Connection Before Content.” But what about when you need to “Connect to Content?” You might have a big meeting, an upcoming retreat, or a workshop that requires people to...

How To Give People The Choice To Connect

How To Give People The Choice To Connect

Hey friend, Will and I have set the intention to get better at unpacking the ideas in our head to share them freely with you. We want to see more meaningful conversations in your world. More engagement in your meetings and gatherings. And more psychological safety...

Higher Education Needs Connection Now More than Ever

Higher Education Needs Connection Now More than Ever

Hey friend, Will and I have set the intention to get better at unpacking the ideas in our head to share them freely with you. We want to see more meaningful conversations in your world. More engagement in your meetings and gatherings. And more psychological safety...

Cadence of Connection

Cadence of Connection

The following writeup was inspired by a recent conversation I had with a university client. I'm currently working with her institution through our Relationships through Retention program which is designed to increase student retention by building a culture of...

Ask Powerful Questions Audiobook Now Available

Ask Powerful Questions Audiobook Now Available

In order to reduce the "time to trust," I believe that we often need to increase the "cadence of connection." Below I unpack a bit more on how to make that happen. If you were to chunk out your relationships into moments, into moments of connection, how many moments...

Listening with Curiosity at Forbes

Listening with Curiosity at Forbes

We simply cannot keep Lori Saitz to ourselves. Lori is a phenomenal human being who professionally works with other quiet people to help them move past their fear of networking so they can find success in their business lives. Since her core expertise is meaningful...

4 Tips to Connect Your Team

4 Tips to Connect Your Team

Chad Littlefield was recently featured in Forbes by Kathy Caprino, senior contributor. Kathy connected with Chad while first interviewing him on her podcast, Finding Brave. Catch the episode below to hear their conversation about how to ask questions to build trust...

Conscious Connections with this Great Conference Icebreaker

Conscious Connections with this Great Conference Icebreaker

Recently, I received the email below from a leader and I thought sharing this along with my response would be useful for others trying to merge two teams and blend two pre-existing groups to form one team. Or one "we." Hi Chad,   Reaching out because I purchased...

55 Quotes to Spark Engagement

55 Quotes to Spark Engagement

Below is a transcript of a dialogue that Will and I had with 800 leaders at Conscious Capitalism in Dallas earlier this year. From the very stage pictured above. We are sharing the transcript as well as the full video below in hopes that it gives you access to an...

How to Gently Eradicate Small Talk

How to Gently Eradicate Small Talk

We simply cannot keep Lori Saitz to ourselves. Lori is a phenomenal human being who professionally works with other quiet people to help them move past their fear of networking so they can find success in their business lives. Since her core expertise is meaningful...

A Journey of Connection

A Journey of Connection

Recently, I’ve become crystal clear as to why I am on this planet. I am here to "gently eradicate small talk." Nearly everyone hates it, it rarely helps us build trust, and—at work—it costs organizations a lot of money! Below is a transcript from my original TEDx talk...

3 Ideas on How to Have Better Virtual Meetings

3 Ideas on How to Have Better Virtual Meetings

This interview was originally posted in VoyageATL, and I thought it was worth reposting as many people ask me, "how in the world did you get into this work around building trust and connection?"  Chad, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you...

12 of the Best Icebreaker Questions for Teams

12 of the Best Icebreaker Questions for Teams

Too many virtual meetings are broken. Need some virtual meeting ideas? Whether you are in a remote team or just meeting with clients once a month over Zoom, Google Hangouts, or phone, collaborating through pixels can be tough! According to Gallup’s State of the...

How to Replace the Dreaded Q&A after the Keynote

How to Replace the Dreaded Q&A after the Keynote

Hey friend, Will and I have set the intention to get better at unpacking the ideas in our head to share them freely with you. We want to see more meaningful conversations in your world. More engagement in your meetings and gatherings. And more psychological safety...