In this episode, I talk with creative thinker, host and emcee, Joseph Sojourner about his personal journey: His diagnosis of narcolepsy, finding his own voice when he stepped onto some of the largest stages in the world, and how he navigates life as a single man, including how to handle scores of sexually charged DMs that he and others might classify as inappropriate.
Welcome to Episode 329 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
Plus, in this episode’s What I’m Thinking About Segment, Carey gives his latest thoughts on the COVID-19 crisis and how to respond as leaders.
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INSIGHTS FROM JOSEPH
1. Managing your energy isn’t optional as a communicator
Before burnout, Carey would run like a machine. If he had an 8 AM keynote at a conference, but had a breakout session that ended at 8 PM, he would stay the entire day. He and Sojo have both learned that if you want to be the best communicator you can be, you need to take breaks throughout the day.
Both Sojo and Carey have begun taking naps in between sessions. Carey will often have his team get him back to the hotel for a midday nap, and Sojo will often try to take a 26 minute nap to recharge. When you work long days, you need some form of recharge.
2. There are 3 kinds of people on social media
Social media can be a great tool to reach new people. Sojo has learned that not all social media followers are alike. He has noticed that there are 3 kinds of followers who send you messages on social media. He approaches each of them differently:
- People who genuinely want to connect with you on whatever platform you’re on
- People who are trying to gauge if they can get you to breach your character
- People who are very direct in trying to pull you in a direction you know you don’t need to be
We need to be aware of these 3 categories of people, and engage them appropriately.
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Next Episode: Sheryl Brady
Sheryl Brady leads a mega church in Dallas and has a large international ministry, but never imagined herself as a leader. Sheryl talks about her unlikely rise into leadership in her early thirties and the struggles it caused her as a mom. She also talks about struggling with her own faith and having to lead in the midst of a personal crisis, and how to discern what opportunities you should take and which ones you should say no to.
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