It’s been a busy first half of the year, hasn’t it? Here at evoke we’ve been working with some amazing women in corporate careers, working mothers and women entrepreneurs. And many of them had one question in common – how do you stay healthy and focused when there is so much going on?
I can very much relate to this. When we are short on time it is hard to find the focus and time to ensure we eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and keep our mind set on the things we want to do and achieve. Thankfully we have a wonderful partner in PureVitality Nutrition Concepts Pte Ltd, a Singapore based nutrition and wellness coaching company run by the wonderful Karen Aroney. Karen and I are both passionate about helping women live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives, and so we are joining forces to help YOU achieve just that!
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The World Economic Forum has recently published the Global Gender Gap Report for 2014.
Considering that I work with women and companies on ensuring that women can have a meaningful career as well as a family, this is a topic I am quite interested in and passionate about sharing with you. Aside from economic participation the report also covers health, education and political empowerment.
The countries that have gotten the closest to closing the gender gap are the Nordic countries including Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Looking at our region, the Philippines comes in as the highest ranking Asian country.
But rather than me writing about it, have a look at this video by the WEF summarizing the findings: http://youtu.be/APO75_9svCA
In our current day and age we are all very connected. All the time. On our phones, our laptops and tablets. This is not the kind of 'being connected' that I want to speak about here. It is the connection between people in person, face-to-face, where handshakes happen and energy is felt. But why is it so important? Isn´t it good enough to just connect online and in the virtual sphere?
Being virtually connected is not a bad thing. It allows us to have bigger networks and to access them instantly if we need to. But it also takes away a lot of what connecting with others is about.
Think about any gathering, whether business or private. Why do you think gatherings in person still happen? Technology nowadays is so advanced that we could easily get together with our friends and colleagues virtually, be it to catch up or for a conference. The actual information delivered would probably be the same as we would all sit at our laptops in our own homes or offices. But what doesn´t come across in the virtual sphere is the real human interactions, the quick chat in the conference break, the pat on the shoulder by your boss or the great conversation with a friend while waiting for your table. These are the things that make connecting with people real, live and sensory. These are the things that make us really feel connected. When we can sense the other person´s energy, when we can hear every nuance of the sound of their voice, when we get that quick pat on the shoulder or a hug at the end of a good conversation with a friend.
So why wouldn´t we apply this very same principle to how we connect in a business sense. I attend many networking events and small group meetups with fellow entrepreneurs. And every time I walk away, I feel a level of energy, inspiration and satisfaction that can not be replicated by connecting virtually. Feeling the energy in the room, being able to have that quick chat on the side and having the opportunity to shake somebody´s hand is invaluable to me. I would not want to miss it for anything. Yes, it might take a bit longer, and I might have to make my way to a different location, but it is so worth it. It makes meaningful, inspiring, and satisfying conversations and interactions happen.