The big Question:
“If I Promote my products and services am I a begger?”
Answer: No, you are showing your support for YOU.
I’ve been a maker, Diy -er, artist, creator, inventor or whatever you want to call it for many years.
I think I’ve been making things since I was old enough to hold a hammer and a nail in my hands.
When I was younger I genuinely believed
“if you build it they will come” -Field of dreams
I thought that my work should speak for itself.
People should know how great it was without me having to go out in the world scream at the top of my lungs
“hey look at me.”
I’m a bit older now, and age brings wisdom. I’ve learned this idea , though romantic , is not only a bit arrogant, but counter productive 🙂
I’ve also learned, that I am not alone!
In 2003 I founded the artist community “Rendervisions” also known as “The Art Door.” Later in 2007, I founded the community in Second Life, as an extension of the community on the web.
I’’ve been blessed by having the opportunity to connect with over 40,000 creative people throughout my lifetime.
And guess what? Most of us are in the same frozen state.
- We doubt. “Is it good enough?”
- We justify “ I don’t need to promote it, it’s great and I know it!”
- We make excuses “I’m just no good at marketing.”
- We resent “Why is everyone so excited, I developed the same product 2 years ago and no ones cheering for me!”
We are so overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of media and advertising.that we are cautious to Self Promote.
If you don’t tell the world how great your product or service is,
or at least have someone else do it for you (which is usually an even better idea),
you are setting yourself up to bury that great idea in a box in your attic, because no one will ever know it existed!
The biggest hurdle is learning how to ask for moments of someones time without feeling like a begger.
Last week I was discussing this very topic with my fellow creator and good friend Selina
I want to ask for feedback and reviews from my customers but “I don’t want to sound like a begger.”
The research lover in me just had to test this!
I contacted 10 of my past customers with a simple but PERSONAL message with a request to review a product they had purchased from me, Some of them were customers of mine as far back as 2 YEARS AGO!
Guess What?! not one of those 10 were angered by my reaching out. None felt like I was begging, and not a one felt as if I was intruding on their time. In fact, they were HAPPY to have the chance to help!
- 8 of those 10 customers went straight to the link I provided and reviewed the product they had purchased.
- 2 of those 8 I got to sit and chat with, building relationships with each through common interests and shared tales.
- 1 of them even gave me a gift.
Turns out folks enjoy knowing there is a person behind a product and having the chance to connect with a creator of it.
They Genuinely wanted to help, it made them feel good to do their part is showing their support for creative invention and designs!
I was not invading their time at all.
Not only did I get some really great feedback but I got a deep sense of happiness, the kind that only comes from connecting and interacting with new friends.
Author Wynd Ling
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