Important lessons are learned by trying something new. Although the following story did not have to do with business, the basic formula will be applied to my business in the future.
I wanted to get volunteers to work with me on a very important project in our church which required a major time commitment for several years. My goal was to get younger couples involved even though nights and weekends were required and many had young children to take care of. Over the past year I have spoken to many people that i identified as future leaders but was not able to recruit.
Several weeks ago i changed my strategy and sent an e-mail to 8 couples that I really felt could add a lot to this ministry. I asked them to meet with me for 45 minutes and let me share my story. I offered two dates for the meeting.
This evening was my second night and over the course of the two evenings I had 100% attendance. By having the two groups, a lot of conversation developed and soon they were talking about the benefits of participating. No, I don’t know how many of the 16 people will sign up and commit, but I am sure that some will and the rest will have a different perspective about this ministry and will talk about it and perhaps at a future date, will volunteer.
In my new business, I am looking for 20 people to work for me as independent contractors. Not only will they work on a commission, but it will also cost them to participate in this opportunity to start their own business. My invitations will go out in August with the hope of having my goal of 20 people by the middle of October. I hope that my enthusiasm for this company and a well defined business plan will help me recruit.
Let me know if you are interested in my results.
We can change our whole life and the attitude of people around us simply by changing ourselves.