He failed reality!
Today I got a call.
- From a man named Angel.
- Perhaps that was a sign.
- The call was going to be out of this world?
- He launched into his pitch.
- His team was going to transform our government relations efforts.
I tried to stop him – he pressed on.
- They knew how to get members involved.
- Could build a grassroots team.
- And were ready to help me.
I talked loudly to get his attention.
- Told him I was not an association.
- His response?
- “Fine!” and then slammed the phone.
This call was bad on so many levels.
- He didn’t do research in advance.
- Didn’t ask me any questions.
- Assumed he knew the solution I needed.
Also didn’t realize I’m friends with the VP at his organization – bummer for him!
Makes me think of chapter leaders…Do you learn what prospective members specifically want before you start selling them on the value of membership?
Even if it’s virtual!
This past week my world was stretched…
- The Lazy Leader Road Show was finally starting.
- About to leave for the airport.
- Got call Dad was on way to hospital.
I had no choice.
- I had to fly.
- I was worried about Dad.
- And needed a strong debut of the Road Show.
Before leaving, I mentioned something on Facebook about being torn.
- It took a few hours to get to Nashville.
- And then to the hotel in Murfreesboro.
- I was drained by conflicting emotions.
That night I checked into my Facebook page.
- Discovered several friends had made comments of support.
- And sent virtual hugs.
- I cried with the caring.
The virtual outreach was just what I needed.
- I didn’t feel so alone in the world.
- Others had walked in my shoes.
- Their comments touched my heart.
Until that day I didn’t get the power of the virtual hug.
- I saw Facebook friends share pain and losses.
- And often gave virtual hugs.
- Now I get the gift I was giving.
My Facebook friends helped me get through a tough week and shine as needed – in spite of everything going on in my life.
(Thank you friends…)
Makes me think of chapter leaders…which of your members need a virtual hug today?
Ah the joys of email.
“NOW is the time to focus on YOUR business.”
- That was the lead-in.
- Frankly it irked me.
- Can you guess why?
The guru insulted me from the get go.
- Assumed my business is struggling.
- Without even asking me a single question.
- The copy that followed reinforced how dumb he thinks I am.
It’s always time to focus on one’s business.
- Whether the economy is good or bad.
- There are challenges to solve.
- And new directions to explore.
He lost my eyes in only nine words.
Makes me think of chapter leaders…do you regularly manage the challenges of your chapter – or need a crisis to wake you up?