Opportunities are all around you. Are you taking them?
We all carry our parents, or caregivers who raised us, stories.
My daddy is the type of person who knows how to work a room and can find opportunities even when it seems there are none.
…actually, everyone in my family has a story about leaving him somewhere for a couple of hours, alone, somewhere brand new to him and coming back to find that he knows everyone there, made friends, helped with projects and generally made himself known and welcome.
That’s because he’s the type of person that gets curious. He starts the conversation. He makes the connection. He shows that he cares, and lends a hand where he can help out.
When he visited me for my undergrad graduation, I left him at my apartment for a couple of hours, and sure enough, by the time I returned he’d introduced himself to all my neighbors and made friends with one. Lol, upon return, we found him in the parking lot helping my neighbor patching up her canoe. (He’s a handyman by trade.)
Even though this is his general nature, life has definitely knocked him around a few times, and after Hurricane Katrina, he moved from our hometown in Louisiana to Little Rock, Arkansas. This was a big change and adjustment for him. It felt like for a moment he lost that resolve, that carefree spirit, his natural ability to connect and make himself feel welcome.
After all, this was a brand new place, where he wasn’t known, didn’t have any roots and no immediate connections to the existing community. He even told me that he felt like the new kid in school, so to speak. And fair enough, this was all new territory for him, in a new town.
Eventually though, he found his way… He got curious. He started to have the conversations and make connections. He found a church, and then another one that was even better suited for him, he made friends. He eventually found a sense of community because he decided it would be so.
He had to remember that he’s the type of person who can find opportunities even when it seems there are none, and then step into being that person again.
What about you? Opportunities are really are all around you, are you taking them?
Your plan might not be to become popular and you might not be interested in being known everywhere, but no doubt you want to be known and loved (or at least respected) by the community you want to serve.
(Hint: consistency is the key that turns the mystery or “I don’t know” into the clarity of “I do know, I’ll start here.“)
Here are 7 questions to help you get curious about opportunities that are right in front of you:
1.) Are you regularly connecting with your client community (or the client community you want to serve)? (newsletter, social media, video are a few ways to do this)
2.) Are you regularly following up with those who have already shown interest (booked a call, attended a webinar, opened and read every email), those who you suspect will be a wonderful fit for what you offer?
3.) Are you regularly introducing yourself, or starting a conversation, in an existing community you belong to, online or offline, where you know your ideal clients are hanging out?
4.) Are you regularly looking for opportunities to make connections with peers who serve your audience locally?
5.) Are you regularly pitching yourself to share your story, formally or informally, to those who already serve your audience?
6.) Are you regularly putting yourself in the position to share yourself, what you do and why it’s beneficial, in a live format (live webinar, live video, speaking) so your potential clients can make a connection and hear directly from you?
7.) Are you regularly taking an inventory on what worked (and what worked a little bit) so you can do more of it and improve your process?
Of course, sometimes it’s about doing the one, most aligned thing that scares, exhilarates and excites you;) Are you doing that regularly?
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