ඔබ වට්ටෝරුවක් සොයනවාද?

පමලා ස්ලිම් විසින්

As a career and business coach, I spend a
lot of my time working with people who are trying to figure out what to do for a
ජීවන.

I usually start by sending them on an
internal expedition, examining the nuances, thoughts and feelings of their body,
mind and spirit for clues about what interests them.

They carry around notebooks in which they
furiously scribble insights, they create vision boards, they bookmark websites
like crazy, they make spreadsheets and they stuff files with pictures and
magazine clippings.

Then they get back in touch with me,
feeling a bit perplexed and overwhelmed, sharing a summary list that looks
something like this:

මගේ අවශ්යතා:
පැරණි රෙද්දෙන්
එම
පිට්ස්බර්ග් ස්ටීරර්ස්
කාබනික ගොවිතැන
මගේ පවුල
ලියන කේතයකි
ඇද
ධාවන
වෙබ් 2.0
රුසියානු භාෂාව කතා කිරීම
සල්සා නැටුම්
කුඩා ව්යාපාර
අලෙවි
අභ්යවකාශ ගමන් කිරීම
old episodes of
මිතුරන්
යෝග
ඡායාරූප ශිල්පය

They say “I sure love all these things,
but how in the world can I make a business out of them?”

මම එයට පිළිතුරු දෙමි:

You are ingredients in search of a
recipe.

නැත්නම් සමහර වට්ටෝරු.

A common misconception about the process
of entrepreneurship, and specifically a coaching business, is that you have to
fit all your interests into one neatly tied up and integrated business which
will allow you to express all of your passions.

Instead, I like to think of skills and
interests as ingredients to use selectively in different business models,
depending on the opportunities and market.

So you could help your clients formulate a
plan like this:

“I think I want to use salsa dancing as
the main staple for my next venture. I will round out the flavor with a bit of
coding, by creating a killer website that hosts great instructional videos for
novice dancers, and will sprinkle in a little bit of photography so I can take
stunning photos of professional dancers that they can use in their promotional
materials.”

or

“I would love to spend some time in
Pittsburgh so I can catch all the Steeler home games live. I think I will focus
on organic farming in the northeast, using a few cups of marketing to help local
farmers expand their offerings in the slow winter season. I hear that there are
some amazing rug dealers in the area, so when not doing small business
marketing, I will try to find some great pieces and sell them on
eBay.”

Using this simple framework, you can help
your clients see that they don’t have to use all their “ingredients” at once, in
the same measure, in the same recipe.

All they need to do is to continually
refine their list of ingredients, and combine them in ways that interest them
and taste great.

As for your own coaching practice, when
you feel like something is lacking in your business model, experiment with
adding shakes of ingredients to liven things up.

“My coaching business is really boring at
the moment. How could I add a touch of Burning Man to the mix and make it more
interesting?”

“My clients seem to be getting really
stuck and bored with phone sessions. How might I combine my love of art and
children’s camps to make a unique coaching retreat?

“I love working with clients but am bored
to tears in my small town. What would happen if I added some location
independent to the mix and did my coaching from Burkina Faso?”

උත්සහ කරන්න!

What is your list of
ingredients?

 
 
පමෙලා ස්ලිම් යනු ව්යාපාරික පුහුණුකරු හා කතෘවරයෙක් Escape from
Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur
(Portfolio
May 2009). Download a free chapter of the book at www.escapefromcubiclenation.com.