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My team and I recently met up with a good friend. He and I create a new workshop. While we were figuring out who was going to do what and how all of this would work, I shared that we would be using my model for the webinar, my team would do the chat and Q&A, and we would write and manage the Show-up and follow-up campaign.
I didn't ask if that's okay. I knew this was the way to go and I was absolutely sure to share my opinion. My starting partner agreed to the terms.
You see, I suck on a lot of things, but creating a webinar that can sell a course, workshop, service, or event isn't one of them.
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Case in point: earlier this week, starting at 8:30 p.m., I ran a webinar for another guru's tribe. because this time has already developed well for his group. Since I'm usually in bed by 9:30 a.m. and not the epitome of energy, commitment, and persuasiveness in my sleep, I knew I needed a little bit of God's gift to entrepreneurs to put on my mojo. With coffee in hand and a smile on my face, I signed up for this challenge.
Based on our design – the same one I've used over and over – with 100 employees, 35 of the nicest, most action-packed entrepreneurs signed up for our $ 1,000 Social Media Cash Machine course.
I would say it's worth going to bed a little later than unusual when you're making $ 35,000 in an hour.
The thing is, I used to be more flexible when working with partners. I would agree to change my format to suit yours. I would let them do the questions and answers behind the scenes and not ask them to make my team the organizer. I would have them record our session and forego the live interaction if they wanted it to be.
But at some point I got enough chutzpah to say, “That's how I work. If that doesn't work for you, we won't work together. “It didn't make her a bad person. It just meant we weren't a good match.
And guess what?
They were all ready to work the way it works for me because of the certainty I have in the conversation.
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If there is a method or system by which you can do things that work well for you, stop allowing others to change them based on their wants, interests, and whims. Put your non-negotiation stuff out of the way and spend your time working with the right clients and partners who accept you as experts and are ready to follow the way you work.
Those who don't do not go well together, but the good news is that by saying no to someone, you can get to the person behind you who needs – and wants – your help much faster.
The thing that you're good at? Go ahead and only work with those who let you do it the way only you can.
Never again waste time on those who don't get it.