Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:

Every endeavor requires that you be aware of errors needing your attention. Unfortunately, only some of us are motivated to do better.

“Today’s disaster can be tomorrow’s silver lining.”

My Story

We each envision the best possible outcome as we attempt to build our business. Most of us know that not everything will work out as we expect. Two factors make all the difference:

  1. The motivation to review the errors 
  2. Adjust the plan for future endeavors

Throwing our hands up in the air and saying, ‘oh well, next,’ will never improve our game. Instead, be aware of errors  needing your attention.  Make the time and effort to learn from the poor experience.  As others see you moving past hurdles, your brand advances into the spotlight.

The Volunteer Experience

It has been an eye-opening experience working in a volunteer capacity. Most of the individuals have little familiarity with business practices. The difficulty is that the operation is dependent upon excellence in communication, event planning, and a collaborative effort.

Success for each activity requires familiarity with sales and business development. However, all of these skills are lacking among many of the volunteers.

Typical Business Assessment After the Event

Business losses are mostly due to miscommunication. After realizing a disappointment, it is best to review the mishap at every turn. Let the following become your mantra, ‘be aware of errors needing your attention.’

I’ve learned to ask myself:

  1. Were facts omitted
  2. Was someone left out of the conversation
  3. Did we interpret the terms differently
  4. What were the outside influencing factors
  5. How can I improve future efforts?

The Volunteer Miscommunication

Two of us agreed to meet at a school.  The purpose was to provide information on the candidates running for office. Living nearby, we decided to carpool. Driving only three blocks, we were suddenly facing the infamous ‘dark and stormy night.’

The lightning strikes on the east coast are unlike any I have ever witnessed on the west coast. Janet was equally alarmed. She asked that I turn the car around to go home. I happily obliged.

Upon my return, the phone rang. The organizer, Charlotte, was complaining about the heavy traffic. She was on her way to meet us at the school. The announcement took me by surprise.  I confessed we returned home.

Worse, Janet was in possession of all the handouts. Charlotte called Janet and demanded that she be at the school. By the time Janet arrived, it was too late. The audience was seated inside, and the program about to begin.

Improve Each Effort

Similar to event and client meeting planning, I suggested the following for future events:

Decide whether the original idea remains a good one. Review all errors that need your attention. Decide how future steps may  align for a better outcome. Admit the error of your ways. Revise the steps for the next project.

Attempt to Eliminate Errors:
1. Divvy up the handouts so that one person doesn’t have complete control.
2. Arrange carpools ahead of time so that everyone can participate
3. When we are asked to call back, do so to update everyone.

As I shared my ideas for improving the outcome next time around, they were cheerfully accepted. 

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Your Story: Errors That Need Your Attention

Take time to recognize if you are habitually making assumptions. Not confirming what needs to take place will almost guarantee disappointment.

Clearly communicate every aspect of what you plan to implement. Everyone has different ideas and understanding. Always clarify uncertain statements.  Agree in every way possible to eliminate miscommunication. 

Last, make sure everyone agrees with the overall priorities and values of the assignment. Confirm the expectations of each person’s participation.  Seek out the rainbow in the sky.

Handling Errors That Need Your Attention

  • Avoid anger and blame
  • Reassure people that together you can fix the problem
  • Ask for input on how best to handle future events
  • Before the next program, remind everyone of the better procedures
  • After the occasion, compare and contrast the approaches and outcomes

By analyzing and sharing better procedures with your contributors, you will begin to eliminate errors that need your attention.

Sales Tips:

  1. Ask for input from your group on ideas for the event
  2. Discuss the limits and bonuses for each concept to select the best
  3. Gain commitment from participants
  4. Create an overall plan of action
  5. Have each member of the team contribute to an individual plan of action
  6. Track the elements leading up the program
  7. Ask the team to help assess the process regarding what works best
  8. Have participants suggest replacements for the errors that need your attention
  9. Revise your future approach for events
  10. Celebrate Success!

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