Learn more each and every day. Everything you learn is for a reason (and can be used for greater good). Continue to connect the dots.
When you write a blog post, you include a surprise (like a free audio link).
When you sing in front of an audience, your performance is better than the pros.
When you present to a group of people, you don’t use Power Point, you create a short video.
When you do something exceptional, you cut through the noise, and you stand out.
Continue being exceptional.
You have been blessed with a skill, talent or idea. This summer, I challenge you to share it with more people.
Here are a few things that are always a part of my thought process. Please feel free to share this with someone you think might benefit.
1) Stay later than you have to. Whether it’s work, internship, lunch with someone important, get there on time (ten minutes before), and stay until the conversation and enthusiasm has left the room. The secret to striking up conversation with someone important is to wait until the very end, and catch up with them after the let-out.
2) Do it for free. The great result of offering your services for free, is that people find out that you exist. Prices scare customers away when they aren’t confident that you’ll deliver. Offer your services at no cost or even low cost, and if you’re really good at it, they’ll tell their friends about you.
3) Set up meetings with important people. Email someone you look up to and ask them out to lunch. They could say no, and there’s no loss in that. But, they’ll most likely say yes (and, I’m not promising you this, but, they’ll probably pay for your lunch, too.)
4) Ask for an opportunity. The golden response lies in the question you ask.
5) Wait tables. Pour wine from the guests’ right and as you go to the others at the table, move counter clockwise. You’ll also pick up great skills working at a restaurant, and you’ll learn that paying attention to detail not only gets you a major tip (on a really good night), but it also teaches you how to make people happy. That’s all it’s really about.
6) Build a clear on-line presence. A splash page is all you need to begin. About.me is a great (free) platform to tell people who you are and what you do. And it’s also the best way to point people to your work.
7) Create something. If you know fashion, tell us what to wear. If you’re a great manager, tell us the secret to leading an effective team. You bake a delicious cheesecake? Teach us how to do it. Either way, we’re waiting on you.
It can be a big fail, or a big win. But that’s when you know you’ve got a good thing.
You grow up wishing to be a cultural phenomenon. Then, one day, it happens. Now, with just one effort, you’ve become legend and respected within your field. What’s the incentive to keep going when more money isn’t what you want?
With just one album, you’re able to:
- sell 7 million copies
- perform at sold out shows
- still remain relevant
- make guest appearances (whenever you feel like it)
- be missed by the people
You’ve got everything an artist could dream. What’s the incentive for creating a new work that might not be as great as its predecessor?
There is none. Share your best work the first time around. It works.
When in doubt, press send.
- Ask for what you want by the end of your second sentence
- Simplify your signature
- The subject should not be longer than six words
- Check all of your links to make sure they work
- Thank them for taking the time out to read your email
In our digital age, this matters.