This week in the shed you are stuck with the biggest tool in the shed, Tim. As the host of Relational Toolshed, Tim hosts himself to do a little season finale and recap of season #1 as well as a sneak preview of what’s to come in Season 2 and a few surprises in the meantime (Jay Pathak & Keith Galloway episodes). Additionally, Tim shares how some of these tools have impacted him and a few that have stuck out specifically in his life. If you missed any of the prior episodes, now is a chance to go back and catch up on what you missed. Below is a list of all 20 of the first season episodes and tools that were discussed:
Lastly, Tim didn’t want to leave us empty handed so he closes the show by explaining a simple tool that helps build relationships and take everyday conversations deeper. The tool is simply the question, “What else?” “What else?” is a question that can transition any conversation potentially into a much more significant and meaningful interaction. For example, when you’re having breakfast with an old friend and you’ve been mainly doing “small talk”, often times the blanket questions “What else?” allows for the conversation to take a turn to possibly something more significant happening in someone’s life. Often we don’t want to be the “bearer of bad news” or the “buzzkill” so we don’t want to share what’s REALLY going on in our lives until someone asks us…so the question “What else?” allows for someone to share the deeper things happening in their life. It also helps the recipient of the question to take a reflective posture and think about their life and whatever significant things are happening that are worth sharing. This question is simple and profound and if used often can lead you to places internally that people have never invited or taken you before! Try it out! “Hey what else is going on?” “So what else has been significant lately?” or just “What else?” and when they ask you “What do you mean?” you respond simply, “I dunno, what else is important or happening or are you planning lately?” Go for it.
We hope you pick up these tools and put them to work in your relationships!