Gamify Your Life

Do you have a smart phone? What games do you play when you’re wasting time or spending your time relaxing? Don’t kid yourself…we all play games on our phones from time to time, even if it’s the game of social media scanning. So I have a question: what if you could gamify your business through technology that leads to new business. We’ve come up with three fun ways to increase your awareness among the people who will do business with you, bring business to you, and appreciate you fully.

Young Woman feeling shocking for using the virtual reality device

1. Play NAME THAT CONTACT:

Open your contacts and flick your finger up to randomly scroll. When the screen slows down, look at who is showing. Who on that list have you talked to recently? Who would like to hear from you? Of course feel free to skip the ex-friends and coworkers, but look for people you haven’t talked to in a while. Then, either hit “text” or “call” and say, “Hi, (random person in your phone), I just found myself with a few minutes and was thinking about you. How are you and what are you up to?”

2. Play RESPOND TO THAT OLD EMAIL:

Open your email/messenger service and flick your finger again. If you’re like me there are a lot of emails on your phone. So pick one from random and even if you have dealt with the information in that email before, email that person back. Let them know you appreciate working with them, or wanted to follow up and see how they are, or even that you just played a random game on your phone that said you should email them! Almost anything works here as long as it isn’t creepy, insensitive, or makes you come off like a stalker.

 

3. Play SCHEDULE A COFFEE AT RANDOM:

This is definitely a blend of the first two, but this time open your calendar and find an empty space where you want coffee/beverage/lunch. Now set a meeting there for lunch/beverage where you list the time and location. Here’s the twist; go to the “invite” tab and look for a business contact you haven’t seen or talked to in a while (someone from Chamber, networking, referral, etc) and send them an invite. In the message put something like, “I really wanted to schedule a meeting with you. How do you feel about this place?”. Again I think people love the forethought of the action and that they don’t have to go through the traditional steps of contacting each other, finding a day, finding a place, yadda yadda yadda. If they can’t make it? Figure out when they do want to meet and schedule it. THEN, repeat the process with another contact!

Sure, some of this may sound a little silly. Or for the introvert in us, it’s uncomfortable, but this kind of social leadership will go a long way in earning the trust of your contacts and connections, set you apart from your market competitors, and change time-wasting activities to income-earning activities in an easy to manage way.

 

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The Soul of Data

Brene Brown said it, “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.”  Well, the more I think about it the more I agree with this sentiment.

Data is neither good or bad, happy or sad, peaceful or mad.  Data is merely a factual presentation of life in front of us.  It is our perception, fueled by a world view, that drives our feelings about data.  And the story we write about the data is based on our perception.

But people tell stories before they tell data.  Rarely, and in a way that is not considered a “social norm,” people do not just recite data around a coffee shop table.  Instead, they tell a story with their words, their tone, their face, their body position…a story that is communicating data in a very real and honest way.

Data can change lives when wrapped in a “why” and that why is transferred in a story.  That is what makes news articles so powerful and the consideration of “Fake News” so nerve wrecking.  What if the story we just read is based on fake data…and that fake data gave us an emotional response?

Let’s start by considering how we accept data through stories.  Are we looking only for the data that aligns with our current view or perception of reality?  Or are we looking past the story and considering the soul of the data which is transferred through the story?  Remember how, just 2 paragraphs before, I said that the story communicates data in a very real and honest way?  I still think so, but it is not the data of the story, the data being communicated IS the story and it is data of the sender.  And that is the data that truly matters when considering a proper response to the story at hand.

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Purveyor of People?

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a Purveyor of People.  Truthfully the noun Purveyor does not usually work with subjects as broad as People.  Standard definitions align a Purveyor as “a person who sells or deals in particular goods or a person or group that spreads or promotes an idea, view, etc” (google definition).  But it is in the second part of the definition that I find the most sense in the idea, or goal, of being a Purveyor of People.

Purveyor: …a person or group that spreads or promotes an idea, view, etc.

Finding the best in people is something I really like doing.  Helping them become their best is something that brings me the most joy for others.  So to know that I can help others grow and excel, then send them off with support and encouragement into the world where they will spread their knowledge and abilities within their communities…this is a high call and a strong goal.  This is being a Purveyor of People.

The challenge is observing, through watching and listening, and interacting to find the talents that are, and are not, known to the individual themselves.  Then aligning the observed behavior and potential with projects and opportunities/challenges that allow them to grow in a nurtured and secure way.  Once they have achieved all that I can help them achieve in the allotted time we have they strike out to the new area and location of their calling.  Sometimes that means pushing them onto the next opportunity so they do not become stagnant in their current role, sometimes it means helping them be more aware of opportunities they may have never thought of.  But each time, no matter what, it means cheering them on and always being available to help them along the journey no matter how many years have passed.

If this idea rings true to you, or if you find it flawed, I would love some feedback.  As far as I can think through the process and the outcome, being a Purveyor of People is a title I still aspire to.

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