Max Lyons: The Transformational Impact of Service

MyGreenlighter Max Lyons went with Keith to Guatemala – here’s an excerpt of his post Max sponsored Liza's education for the next year.from

Keith and I met just over a year ago through myGreenlight. After a brief conversation about his prior trips to Guatemala and Cambodia/Thailand, Keith invited me to join a return effort to Guatemala.

Having not met anyone else on the trip, I flew down here with a sense that I was stepping into the unknown. Our group spent the past week partnering with local organizations, working with children, and dreaming about the unlocked potential lying dormant within the lives of these little ones. After the first few days here in Antigua, I discovered two core things through my involvement:

1. Our contributions are catalyzing substantial long-term change: In my time in Guatemala, I was able to see what has transpired since the last visit Keith made. During the previous trip a local couple was discovered who opened up their small house to provide free schooling for kids in their village. Once limited by special restrictions, the couple is now able to provide schooling to over 60 children thanks to recent construction.

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Best Relationship Posts of 2011

As we start the new year, here’s a last look at some of my favorite relationship-related posts of last year from across the web.

Marketing versus Connecting: Chris Brogan sheds light on how you can make your contacts feel a little more special.

How to Increase Your Likeability: Guy Kawasaki’s always smart take on what he has coined as “enchantment,” with a funny and heartfelt comic that is easy to read.

Three Interview Secrets You’ll Never Hear in School:  Business leader Peter Guber gives insight on how to ace your next interview.

Mark Goulston’s Personal Branding interview: Read about finding the right balance between speaking and listening and learn how to “listen with your eyes.”

Secret Social Skills Successful People Know: Penelope Trunk’s tips on how to improve your social skills and become more successful.

Advice For Professionals: Build Relationships to Build Your CareerUSA Today did an eye-opening study of an African-American female that shows how to go from feeling invisible to feeling empowered by building relationships.

Get Rich Investing In Your Own Human Capital: Social Capitalist guest Michael Ellsberg offers insight in this video about how investing in yourself may be the best way to go.

Networking Advice for People Who Hate Networking: CBS tries to make networking a manageable goal for those people who really don’t like networking.

How To Network for Shy People: This CIO article provides twelve easy-to-follow tips for people who are shy and have a hard time networking.

What are some of your favorite articles about relationship building? Do you agree with the ones listed above?

Ritu Walia is myGreenlight’s Member Coordinator.