Nothing ventured, nothing gained
I am part of a business mastermind group for women. Last weekend, we had an all-day retreat. There was to be a surprise at the end – if you stayed. It was a busy weekend for me and it would have been easy to bail. After all, I had just drummed for about six hours the night before at a corporate event. I got home late and got up early to go to this retreat. I could have left at 5, like some of the others. But I didn’t. I had a feeling I knew what the surprise was.
Shortly after 5, we headed out towards Jordan Lake. Our group was scheduled for a 2-hour cruise on a pontoon boat, complete with champagne and snacks. I brought some drums and percussion instruments on board. If you’ve never drummed on a lake, you’re really missing something. It’s so much fun and so relaxing! The views and the wildlife were spectacular. It definitely was worth sticking around for.
The next day, I attended an author’s fair, which was like a small vendor fair or trade show. Again, there were opportunities that I just said “What the heck?” and went for.
One was signing up to do a “lightning read”: Authors had one minute to read an excerpt from their book. Again, I could have bailed, since I don’t have any hard copies of my book yet. I decided to perform a scene from my book instead. As you may have guessed, I’m not exactly an introvert. I figured this may bring more people over to my table and perhaps garner future speaking gigs.
I met some great people after that. One was local music critic and author David Menconi, whom I’ve wanted to meet for some time. Another was a potential business opportunity. Had I left early like some of the other vendors, I would have completely missed out.
1. Set your goals for the event. This may be a certain number of sales, people to connect with, names added to your newsletter or blog list, etc.
2. Don’t hide!This includes vendors! Don’t just sit or stand there. Move around, talk to people, visit the other tables.
3. Be willing to switch thing up. Try something different. Talk to someone you wouldn’t normally talk to or do something new. It could be fun!
What about you? Have you tested the waters and pushed past your comfort zone? Feel free to leave a comment below!
Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She’d love to book some drum cruises! She is an inspirational speaker, drum healer, coach, and best-selling author of Finding Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. Her book is now on Kindle but will be in print within the next 2-3 weeks. To contact Dori, click here.