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FRIENDS OF THE LONELY DIPLOMAT
Something magical happens when diplomats and those who live the diplomatic life get together
and have real conversations about the things
that matter to us.
We discover that we’re not alone in
what we’ve been thinking and feeling.
WHAT IS IT?
There's tremendous power in the knowledge that we're not alone in living the highs and lows of this diplomatic life. Suddenly, we realise that there are other people around the world who are thinking and feeling the same thing.
My work may have really connected with you. But you don't know how to take another step to get the support you feel you need - and deserve - as you navigate your way through your diplomatic life.
Joining a Friends of The Lonely Diplomat meetup is a great way to start engaging with me and others living this diplomatic life by having real conversations about a topic.
By 'real', I mean there's no work talk. There's no comparing busyness stories. There's absolutely no complaining. Ideally, there are no masks or false confidence. It's just people wanting to engage with me and others about what it means to live this diplomatic life in a way that is authentic to them.
People who are connected to themselves and to the world around them make for better diplomats and can better handle the rigours of this diplomatic life.
WHO ARE THEY FOR?
The awesome subscribers of The Lonely Diplomat.
HOW DO THEY HAPPEN?
These are informal chats and catch-ups. They're an opportunity to ask questions and get support from, and give support to, others who are living their diplomatic lives.
We may talk about the topics in my blog or podcast, or we might not.
I advertise these groups through via emails to subscribers.
WHERE ARE THEY?
In the comfort of your own home. These meetups will be held via Zoom.
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I strongly believe that we diplomats and those living the diplomatic life are our best source of support. Together, we can make that support happen. Join me for a real discussion that moves beyond busyness, the weather and other safe topics and talk about something that really matters to you.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE MEETUPS
"The meetup was a great opportunity to meet the Lonely Diplomat and others interested in the same topics. If you are feeling lonely, it's an opportunity to meet others who either are going through or have gone through something similar."
Received 17 September 2019
"I thought that you Phil, have done and are doing an amazing job, inviting people to think deeper, to be courageous, to be honest about their emotions, to learn a new emotional language, to share, to feel ok with being candid and vulnerable. You are the best role model for it."
Received 29 September 2019
"It was great to meet Phil in person and engage with the FOLD group. I was amazed by the easy rapport we all had, there was lots of nodding in agreement, laughing, and [a] few 'stop and think' moments.
Phil has a talent for putting people at ease and bringing the conversation together. I'm looking forward to the next meetup."
Received 17 September 2019