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Tools for Think Ponds: Let’s “Betend”

When my grandsons play together with their action figures and toy cars, they create a running narrative that is always punctuated by the word “betend” (their way of saying “pretend”). The five-year-old–I call him “Buddy”–will say, “Betend all the animals escaped in the city” or “Betend there is a volcano over there.” The four-year-old–I call him “Punkin Pie”–used to follow along but now is starting to add his own “betend” scenarios.

Of course, the mispronounced word is now and will always be part of our family’s lexicon, but I also think it might be a good way to describe a transitional stage many of us have experienced in our lives and careers. It’s when our actions and roles are more than pretending but not quite being.

Think Pond Enterprises is kind of like that now. It sounds like more than it is. But we are not pretending. We are looking at the world, exploring our imaginations and creative urges, and learning as if the world we desire is unfolding. We are swerving from the grooves of thought we took for granted, testing our wings, conducting thought experiments. That’s betending.

Join the iPresence Renovation

By Deborah Vrabel for Rich iPresence

Here is my ineffective pattern of using social media to advance my professional endeavors: 1) Try each new tool as it becomes available or is recommended to me and 2) spend inadequate time thinking about its usefulness for my purposes and learning to use it properly. The result? Lost opportunities, insubstantial traces of my ideas and writing scattered widely and serving no purpose. So for the next few weeks, I’m going to do an iPresence “rehab” project.

I’ll start by:

  • Reclaiming the fragments of my identity littering the social media landscape
  • Retracing and picking up the unfinished threads of thought I’ve left on abandoned blogs and pages.
  • Reconsidering the groups I’ve joined and quickly forgotten.
  • Revisiting the profile pages I’ve never completed.

Next, I’ll enlist some experts and fellow social media wanderers in mapping out more integrated strategies for establishing and maintaining the practices needed to make good use of online media. My goal will be to develop a “digital opus” that matters to me.

Could Rich iPresence help you in becoming a thought leader in your sphere? In advocating effectively for an organization or cause you embrace? In simply telling a coherent, meaningful story of what matters to you professionally? Join me and find out.