Who is your mentor? Who do you learn from? Who are the people you turn to when you need to solve a problem; whether it be a biz idea or a personal challenge? Do you invest in yourself regularly?
More and more people have shared they hire me because I offer something different. Their meetings and conferences need to play a little more; to include some fun and playful approaches to employee happiness, the employee experience, and the customer experience. That PowerPoint charts of data no one cares about and scientific theory that makes you want to puke needs to be balanced with experiential learning. We might use clay to design/improve a product or hold a ”discussion” to create better experiences without ever uttering a single word – but laugh uncontrollably.
As I work to grow One Less Meal, Inc operators of The Double D Diner: The World’s Only Virtual Diner Fighting Hunger I too have turned less to people with traditional business expertise and more to people one might not expect has a hold on business. This year I have turned to a clown.
Jef Johson is not a traditional clown. He thinks clowning is something much deeper than funny gags and big shoes. (His words) At a workshop I attended earlier this year he made me realize I had been asleep at certain points in my life when messages were being thrown in my face like pies. (My words)
So recently I found myself trying to figure out where to go next; what I want to be when I grow up; what is the next iteration of my work. My usual clan of mentors, colleagues and professional groups were providing nothing. I decided to get some consultation from my favorite clown. Jef was in town from Mexico and I booked some time.
2 hours later; lots of clarity; some great ideas; and of course a completely different focus of growing One Less Meal and how it works into my speaking/consulting work with organizations looking to tackle employee happiness and those employee/customer experiences.
Scared? A little.
Excited! A lot!
So I’ll take you back to those questions: Who is your mentor? Who do you learn from? Who are the people you turn to when you need to solve a problem; whether it be a biz idea or a personal challenge? Do you invest in yourself regularly?
But I’ll add one more:
Is it time to turn to someone you think can least likely help you and open your mind to unexpected things?