The intro to an interview article with Heather Dugan.

Why Friends-of-Convenience are Important Even if They Fade

Why Friends-of-Convenience are Important Even if They Fade

Published Sept. 14, 2021

“Heather Dugan, author and founder of Cabernet Coaches, advises future-proofing your social connectivity against the slow fade of relationships tied to a specific space or time and the subsequent isolation that can accompany even ordinary life transitions by constantly building out your friend foundation. No matter the time in life, be willing to go first with ‘hellos’ and offers of help to new neighbors, Dugan says.

‘We see ourselves best through the eyes of our close friends, but friends-of-convenience (or ‘proximate friends’) are also essential to our overall connection; they provide company and fresh perspective in the daily spaces our deeper friendships can’t go, adding texture and emotional value to our experiences at work, in our neighborhoods, and at our kids’ schools,’ says Dugan, author of The Friendship Upgrade: Trade Clickable Connections for Friendships that Matter...”

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I’ve read her books but listening to her adds a dimension that enables the audience to behave differently leaving the room than when they assembled… more eye contact, a focused effort to meet the new person, even a more courteous exit from the parking lot.

Mary Angela Miller, Founder, KeepSafeFood, adjunct faculty OSU Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

We had the amazing opportunity to bring Heather to speak at an OhioHealth retreat focused on well-being and rejuvenation. She was an inspiration and a catalyst to help our staff articulate their own feelings of isolation. Since her talk, I have noticed a deliberate effort by our team to find connection and fulfillment in our “real time” experiences.

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Heather Dugan was amazing! The real-life scenarios were perfect for the audience. I don't think I have ever attended a training session so tailored to mv exact position.

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