Episode Date October 26, 2021
Featured Guest Pamela Slim
Featured Book "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott

Episode Summary

Pamela Slim reading from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, and discussing human connection and building community.

When my wife, Marcella, retired from Box of Crayons about three years ago, she spent a bit of time feeling her way into what retirement means. But, a year or so ago, she totally found her groove; she’s become part of a brilliant group of smart, funny, make-your-path-in-this-world women, and she’s having a great time. I have to admit, I do look on with a little envy. Sure, I have people I see, talk to, and hang out with, but I don’t have this thing that she has – community. So, where do you find your people, and, how do you gather them?

Pamela Slim is a coach and fellow author; her newest book is The Widest Net, and I think it’s her best yet. However, I think her real genius lies in community-building.

Pamela reads two pages from ‘Bird by Bird’ by Anne Lamott. [reading begins at 12:25]

Hear us discuss:

  • Connecting to the wonder of the world. [15:18]
  • A writer’s sense of self and craft: “Call the book in.” [17:47]
  • The Widest Net. [24:25]
  • Decentering as a privileged person: “The work itself is the thing that guides you. If it’s your own ego, then we’ll all get lost.” [27:38]

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Pamela Slim’s book | The Widest Net: Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right in Front of You | Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together

Anne Lamott | Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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