“Do you want to be filmed discussing gender over dinner?”
That may not be the exact quote, but it’s essentially what I gleaned from the email I was reading.
I had a million questions and a few reasons I almost said no before reading any further.
For starters, the dinner was going to be held in New York City and I live in Boston.
But, the person asking had already interviewed me on her podcast and we had met through a mutual friend whom I truly admire.
It felt like an opportunity to meet really quality people, so I didn’t overthink – I said yes.
I knew I couldn’t justify spending a night in a NYC hotel so I looked for and found a bus option that would get me to the city by 2pm and leaving again at 10:30pm.
Yes, I traveled about 10 hours to and from Boston to spend less time than that in NYC.
It was worth it.
Not just because I attended a lovely dinner and met really interesting people – including new guests for my podcast.
Not just because that show may air on Netflix or Amazon.
The reason I’m so so glad I said yes to this opportunity is that it made another gathering possible that day.
By chance, three of the four people in my mastermind (not the one I host, the one I pay to participate in) were going to be in NYC that day.
And, through a completely random question that I posed to our group, that coincidence became known to the four of us in time to plan to meet up.
The fourth member of our cohort flew up from Florida for the afternoon to join us.
This was the first time we have ever met in person – after being in a mastermind together all year.
Our year together is sadly drawing to a close so it was extra special to have this time together in person.
With members constantly traveling for work or because they are location independent, it felt like we would never be in the same country, much less the same city.
Meeting in person really solidified our relationship and I know we’re going to stay connected and continue to support each other.
Like I said last week, say yes not with a specific outcome in mind, but because you know good things come from saying yes.
Your Challenge For This Week
Think for a moment how my story would have turned out if I found out two days later that the three of us had been in NYC at the same time.
Two days too late. Don’t let this happen to you.
Share your travel plans with friends who live in the city you’re traveling to and your nomadic or frequent flyer friends who might end up there as well.
Whenever you book a trip make a note in your calendar to reach out to these friends and colleagues three weeks prior.
You control whether you plan a large group to go out for drinks, a small dinner party, or you just meet someone for coffee.
Just be sure you don’t miss the opportunity altogether.
Try this and let me know how it goes!
Business Growth Strategist & Business Coach
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I work directly with a limited number of self-employed professionals, aka solopreneurs.
WHO YOU ARE:
You want to have a greater impact and increased income. The problem is that there are so many options for how to build your business that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you’re running out of time.
The reason options are overwhelming is that you’re looking at them as a series of disconnected steps, when to make the most of your time, you need a strategy that connects only the most important and highest impact ones.
You know that if you try to do everything, you’ll accomplish nothing. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I will work with you to design a year-long plan that consists of three 12-week sprints, each followed by 4 weeks of reflection/assessment, rejuvenation/vacation, and strategic planning. This will allow you to sequence your goals, create momentum, and leverage your limited time.
We can build your plan through a half-day strategy session, a coaching engagement, or a mastermind program.
These are not right for everyone; they’re personalized offerings and are priced accordingly.
What might you work on?
In my coaching work with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we focus on the areas where you’d like to grow, which may include:
- Creating a strong sales conversation framework
- Building your referral network
- Lead generation through a relationships
- Growing your visibility in your industry
- Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
- Identifying and launching a minimally viable offer
- Breaking through whatever bottleneck is holding you back from getting the results you want and deserve
- Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
- Improving your virtual presentation skills
Learn more about the different ways we can work together – deep dive 3-hour session, private 1:1 coaching, and masterminds. I’m excited to support you in reaching or exceeding your goals.