It’s been just over a month since the Association of Personal Photo Organizer’s annual conference. For some, you’re still sifting through pages of notes filled with great ideas deciding which ones to implement. For others, you’re slapping yourself for not going this year and have made a promise to yourself to register for the 2017 conference. Yay! We’ll see you all there!
I challenged our Intensive attendees to “find your person” at conference. What better way to connect and engage with like-minded business people and find a business colleague in a similar stage of business as you are? This is not a mentor relationship but rather, it’s a person you can call or email to brainstorm, ask questions and share constructive criticism with one another about what is working and what is NOT working in your respective businesses.
A real life example…
I did not know Rita Norton. I had never met her. I did a bit of my standard online “stalking” to learn that she had a similar background as an entrepreneur and business owner. I deduced she was smart and was tech-savvy. I called her and asked her a business question related to album design for a client. That call was the beginning of many more calls and we have shared our successes (and failures) as business women. We met face-to-face at the first APPO conference in Chicago, Illinois in 2013. Now in addition to our own thriving photo organizing businesses, we coach and train and help other photo organizers right here at MyWorkflowStudio.com and we talk almost every week.
Are you ready to find your person?
Look through your attendee list from conference and start a short list of people you enjoyed meeting but haven’t talked to since you’ve been back. Even if you didn’t attend conference, I’m betting it’s time for YOU to find your person too! Think of it a little like speed dating. Write down what you bring to the table, i.e. your dating profile. Then write down what you want your person to bring to the table. Remember that it needs to be reciprocal.
5 R’s to help you find your person:
- Research. Learn about a few like-minded people. Read their APPO profile, read their website. Does their story resonate with you personally? If so, pinpoint why and make some notes.
- Resist the urge to find someone local. Long distance is good. Look for someone who doesn’t live near you. You may get a much broader perspective from someone in a different part of the country.
- Reach out. Send an email introducing yourself and ask to schedule a short phone appointment. In less than 30 minutes you should both know if you should talk again or shake hands virtually and move on. You both can be polite and professional if it’s not a match.
- Reciprocate. Make sure this is a reciprocal relationship from the beginning. It has to be give and take. You both need to be committed to sharing resources, ideas and solutions.
- Respect each other’s time. Set some ground rules up front especially when it comes to how much time is allowed to vent or talk about anything personal. If you take all the time, your person will want to breakup with you.
Oh, and one more thing…
Please don’t do any of this from a desperate place. We can all smell desperate a mile away. Not attractive. Not reciprocal. This should not be a self-esteem audition for either person. It’s a business relationship and not actually an opportunity to fill a social need which is a totally different topic. 😉
Developing a business relationship with your person has so many benefits! Regular, scheduled calls are a time to celebrate and encourage one another. It’s also a time to hold each other accountable and share goals and the steps you are taking to reach those goals. Brainstorming and experimenting with new ideas and reporting results can be invaluable.
Who has found their person? Who needs to find their person? Start now. Start today. Leave a comment and share how you found your person. If you’re still looking then share that in a comment and we might even be able to help with a little matchmaking!