Join Us for a ‘New Years Huddle’ on Google+ Hangouts!
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Join Us for a ‘New Years Huddle’ on Google+ Hangouts!

Written by Emilie

Topics: Puttytribe

Greetings from chilly Montreal, where I’ve been both hustling and bustling with excitement to share my new project with you.

On Wednesday, January 18 at 5:30pm PDT, ten puttypeep will gather together for a friendly, collaborative brainstorm. The point? To help each of us stay on track with one of our big 2012 goals.

Each Huddle we run over the next couple months will be on a different topic. I thought that goal-setting would make for a nice kick off to the series, since mid-January is about when those new routines get tough.

How It’ll Go Down

I’ll kick off the discussion with a quick overview of my framework for goal setting: motivating your “emotional brain,” setting out an action plan, and creating an environment that will make things easier.

From there we’ll jump into the brainstorm. Each of us will get a few minutes to share one of our big 2012 goals (a new interest you want to explore, a business you’d like to start, a novel you’ve been dying to write, etc.)

The goal is to put our heads together and help each person generate ideas to overcome an obstacle they foresee getting in their way.

(Yes, this is very similar to Barbara Sher’s wonderful success teams. Full cred to the scanner queen.)

This is a Brainstorm, not a Lecture

This isn’t class. It’s not group coaching. I won’t be doling out the advice, “fountain of wisdom” style. It’ll be collaborative. We’re going to smoosh our heads together, and our only goal will be to provide support and resources to each person in the group.

Sure, there will be some “rah-rah” encouragement going on (we love that here). But there will also be a lot of practical brainstorming. That’s really the point.

The Cost? Free

Yeah, you heard me. I’m doing this for free for a couple reasons. First I think it’ll be a fun experiment. I’ve been wanting to connect you guys with each other for some time. This community’s so creative and resourceful that I know it will be extremely valuable for everyone involved.

Second, I’ll be giving each of you free, early access to The Puttytribe, which is the membership site we’re building. The beta version of the community is now ready, but we need some enthusiastic puttypeep to get the discussion going.

Before the Huddle, you’ll each write about your goal in the forums. This will give us a chance to get to know each other and make the brainstorm as fruitful as possible. The Puttytribe will also remain open to you once the huddle has ended. This way, if you like, you can continue the discussion and keep providing each other with that support and accountability that is so vital.

Finally, there’s also a more personal reason behind this Huddle. One of my 2012 goals is to get more comfortable speaking and leading groups. This is my first baby step towards reaching that goal (well actually that happened last week when I made this video, but you know what I mean).

The Details

The New Years Huddle will take place on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT.

You will need the following:

  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • A Google+ account (which you can get for free here)
  • A decent internet connection and a quiet place from which to “huddle”
  • A positive attitude

Important Point #1: Tech Problems

A few days before the Huddle, I’ll send each of the eight participants instructions on logging in. It’s fairly straightforward, but if you haven’t tried G+ Hangouts before, please test it out on your own first. We’re not going to slow things down by waiting for everybody to deal with tech/connectivity issues. And if you’re in the group, that means that there were probably dozens of other puttypeep who wanted your spot, so be cool and please test beforehand.

Which brings me to the next issue…

Important Point #2: Commitment

Since it’s going to be a very small group and the success of the brainstorm depends on everyone being there, please do not apply if you’re not serious about showing up.

Trust me, we’ll notice if you’re not there (and you’ll get the digital stink eye from me, personally…)

If You Don’t Get in, Don’t Worry

Spots are obviously very limited for these G+ Hangouts. The small size of the group is what makes the format so much fun. However, it obviously also means that we won’t be able to fit in everybody who applies.

The good news is that we’re planning on running a few more Multipod Huddles in January and February, so if you don’t get picked for this one, you’ll still have a chance to jump in on another. (And anyway, future Huddles will probably have more kinks worked out. We may even have some special guests join us.)

How Participants will be Chosen

The process will be mostly first come, first serve. Having said that, if you give me an answer that totally kicks ass, I may let you in, even if you weren’t one of the first eight to sign up.

If you read this blog post a little late, it’s still definitely worth applying. And even if you don’t get chosen, we’ll take note that you’re interested and you’ll get an email before the next Huddle rolls out.


Woo hoo! All stoked and ready to go? Here’s the sign up form: Update: spots are all filled, but keep an eye on the blog for future Huddles! (more coming very soon)

Got any questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments.


  1. Holli says:

    Brilliant! Love the small groups thing. I can’t make this one, but look forward to trying for a spot in the future.

  2. jonknep says:

    Siiiccckkkk. This should be a pretty rocking meetup/huddle. I’m pumped that my schedule actually aligns with the time, so I submitted my app.

    I hope you will also be sharing one of your goals?


  3. Tessa Zeng says:

    This is so exciting, Emilie! And what’s this I see about a workshop in June?? Love it! It’s going to be a big year + can’t wait to see what you’re up to :)

    • Emilie says:

      Thanks Tessa!

      I totally got the Hangouts idea from you. You’re the only one I’ve ever seen experiment with it, and I found the experience really fun. Thought I’d give it a shot. You should join us for one of them. :)

      Hope you’re doing well! xox.

  4. Ethan says:

    This is a fantastic idea, executed even more fantastically. Emilie, thank you so much for all that you do. YOU are unstoppable.

    • Emilie says:

      You’re amazing Ethan, thank you. Things are starting to get lively inside the Puttytribe. It’s really amazing to watch the space come alive. I do hope you’ll jump in on an upcoming Huddle and join us in there!

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