The One With The Chair

It’s been one of those weeks where you hit the office Monday morning, look up from your screen and BOOM, it’s Friday. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone, but it’s been a bit of a blur.

Content seems to be a priority for people this week, and I have had requests coming in for a wide variety of things.

On Wednesday I had a chat with an independent travel agent who needed their newsletters revamping. The look is great; however, they are predominantly sending out deals, without any further explanation, and as such not getting more interaction. We’re trialling adding some articles in to the mix to help readers engage, and we’ll see how this works out. I have to admit the green eyed monster did raise its ugly head a little as I was researching holidays in far flung and exotic locations.

One day. One day.

Thursday saw a long standing client panicking over a deadline she completely forgot about for Monday. As a result I am now putting the finishing touches to a variety of bios, news features and service descriptions. It’s been a bit of a challenge as each service needs an introduction to the company, none of which can be a complete copy of previous ones. Writing the same thing, but in different ways, ten times is certainly a skill!

Other requests include LinkedIn articles, website blogs, an elevator pitch, a press release and content for a leaflet.

My biggest challenge

The challenge this week has been more of a personal one than strictly work related.

As many of you know, I am a member of Bury Business Group, and this week we had an election for our new Chair. At first I thought I would put my name in, then I chickened out. As two other people had already expressed an interest I thought it would be too difficult to enter myself.

Looking back, I’m not too sure why.

The problem was, if I am being brutally honest, I entered last year, and obviously didn’t win the vote.  To be fair, the person who was elected was great, and it probably wasn’t much of a contest – so there was no issue, other than an obvious tinge of disappointment.

But it knocked my confidence, and I really didn’t want to put myself forward to fail again.

OK, so on paper that sounds really pathetic, and maybe it is; but it’s the truth. And I think we can all feel like that a bit at times when things don’t go our way.

The challenge therefore this week was kicking myself up the butt and forcing myself to be counted. Not only that, but having the faith in myself that I deserved to win, because I know I can do a great job.

It took a while, but I did finally put my name in, about 5 minutes before the start of the meeting! People keep saying “I didn’t know you were running”, and I’m not sure they believe me when I say “nor did I”.

My highlight

Not to keep you in suspense (because, come on, you know you want to know) but I am delighted to say I will be the new Chair, as of March.

It would be easy to dismiss my happiness as simply “winning”, or even having a title (though references to Madam Chair just make me giggle) – but it’s neither of these things. A little over two years ago I had never done any networking at all. I was an enthusiastic, albeit naïve, little puppy who would bound around and knock things over (metaphorically and actually, at times).

To be in a position now where the people who introduced me to networking, who have listened to my voice wobble as I delivered a 60 second pitch week after week, respect me enough to take on this role is such an honour. I have developed so much in that time, and while I can still be a little loud for some (I’m from Essex, frankly guys this is just not going to change – buy some ear plugs) I think everyone can see the journey I’ve been on.

When you’re self employed, or run your own business, you don’t get promoted. There is no career progression in the strictest sense of the word. It’s all about the size of your clients, or your balance sheet. For me, this is a promotion, and the only one I am likely to get – so yes, it means a lot.

 

I shall keep you posted on how it goes!

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