Let me introduce you to my new show and the latest addition to the 11Media network.

What is your earliest memory?

Mine is laying in a sleeping bag on the top bunk of my family’s camper and watching my parents and their two best friends sitting across from each other at the camper’s tiny dining table.  They would drink coffee and tell stories to each other well into the early morning hours.  My earliest memories are of slowly fading asleep to the sound of these conversations, their laughter, and sometimes even tears as they shared their life’s trials and accomplishments with each other.  No smart phones, no Facebook posts, no selfies.  Just talking and listening.

My dad, an ironworker and Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major, told me I would either grow up to be a politician or lawyer because as he so thoughtfully articulated it “I was a natural bullshitter.”.  What he meant by this was I always loved to talk. And talk. And talk.  It is part of my DNA passed on to me by both parents.  My wife likes to tell me I love the sound of my own voice.  But I believe she would also tell you I’ve learned over the years to listen.  To focus and listen to the stories of others.  To be empathetic.

Reflecting on this I realize I’m probably twenty some years older than my parents are in the camper snippet of my earliest memory.  I also realize I haven’t really shared all that much in the experience they had in intimately sharing their life via conversation with others.  Technology has become an embedded part of my life, as it is with most people.  It can, and has, become a digital wall, at times a soundproof room where we no longer honestly engage with others on a truly human level. When was the last time you set aside the tech part of your life and completely focused your attention on someone.  Really listened to what they are saying?

That is the centric core of Connection Interrupted – my new podcast.  And yes, I do realize the contradiction of using a podcast, a digital delivery mechanism, for championing the concept of embracing human-to-human conversation.  But that’s the beauty of podcasting to me.  The format focuses your attention, it sharpens your listening skills, it interacts with your imagination, it engages your greatest asset – your mind.  

That’s the beauty of podcasting…the format focuses your attention, […] it engages your greatest asset – your mind.

Introducing Connection Interrupted

 

Connection Interrupted is meant to be a simple conversation with people whose lives have been significantly impacted by technology or who are significantly impacting lives with technology.  These interviews are not specific to banking or fintech. Why? Because technology isn’t just limited to banking and fintech. Technology is part of us as humans, it is a significant part of our evolution as a species. I personally don’t believe we are that far away from a time when we are all digital cyborgs, when our digital self really can’t be separated from our physical self. For example, you are most likely reading this on your smartphone which is no more than a handbreadth away from your reach 24/7.

What I desperately don’t want us to lose in this digital transformation is the ability to communicate through stories.  This is a base human characteristic, one shared by every society throughout history.  We’ve always told our stories to each other, whether around a fire pit or even a camper table.  We can’t afford to lose this tradition as we become more and more engrossed by the digital world.

I truly hope you enjoy this series of conversations.  No two will be alike.  Some will be just between me and another person, some will be the a group of folks who’ve shared a unique life experience.  In any case I want you, the listener, to become part of the conversation.  We will always make room for you at the camper table.

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Connection Interrupted is a simple conversation with people whose lives have been significantly impacted by technology or who are significantly impacting lives with technology…I want you, the listener, to become part of the conversation.