Are you always ready and prepared? What do you do when thrown into a potentially profitable situation?
We know a young lady who loves to write and perform music. Her name is Kalei.
Her brother spent this summer interning at a radio station and on his last day of work, he took Kalei with him to the station to show her around. While they were there, he happened to mention to one of the DJ’s that his sister writes songs and the DJ immediately said, “Let’s put one on and blast it!”
He looked up one of her songs on Youtube and proceeded to play it over the station’s internal loudspeakers.
Although everyone listening said they liked it, Kalei had no idea what to do and stood there feeling quite embarrassed….. to the point of wanting to throw up.
Advice from the Bible
When she told me this story, it reminded me of a piece of advice given in the bible, which has practical applications in many areas of our lives.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
1 Peter 3:15
While this advice is specific to Christians regarding their faith, the message to all of us is the same:
Always be prepared!
If you were ever a boy scout, you’ll know that the scout’s motto is, “Be Prepared” and if you’ve ever gone to a workshop taught by Danielle Smith, you will probably have heard her exhorting you to have a form of elevator pitch memorized and ready at all times – just in case.
Don’t be obnoxious, be positive
This doesn’t mean that you should become an obnoxious salesperson, always pushing your product at every available opportunity, but it does mean that you should always have something positive to say to explain and promote what you do when asked.
I personally am terrible at this. These days I’m doing a lot of photography, but whenever anybody asks me, I invariably mumble something about taking photo’s and almost always follow up with the word, “but”.
“I take photo’s BUT I’m new to this.”
“I’m a photographer BUT I’m not very good at family photo’s”
etc etc etc
I’m really no different from Kalei.
Always be prepared
I get terrified. I clam up. I go into defensive mode – and all of a sudden I cannot think of positive things to say about my business.
That needs to stop.
Who knows how many opportunities I miss, how much revenue I have passed up simply by not being confident enough in my product and ready to talk positively about it?
If Kalei had just had a little script memorized that she could fall back on which said something about loving singing and making music, maybe they would have put her on air. Maybe she’d have a recording contract now… Maybe.
It may sound far-fetched, but we’ll never know now.
My life is full of maybe’s and what-if’s. I’ve been in so many situations where I wasn’t prepared and didn’t know what to say that who knows what I have missed out on.
So take some advice which is at least 2000 years old and ALWAYS be prepared!