Podcast 32: 7 Lessons Learned from a Hurried Facebook Post

podcast 32

Lessons Learned from a Hurried Facebook Post

This podcast is a little different than any I’ve ever done. I get real about a hurried social media post and the lessons I learned from not doing things in an intentional way.

I was working on a new, improved elevator speech, but not just any old elevator speech. That’s great, but I definitely made some big mistakes in the process of asking for feedback.

Here’s where I went wrong. Here’s where the train went off the tracks. Here’s where I want you to learn from my mistakes.

I posted a request for feedback in a private Facebook group, I didn’t think about the people who were in the group. Were they my tribe? Would they be the people at the networking event? And what did I ask them? I said I was working on a tagline/elevator speech. So, I learned a great deal from the interchange on this post, but it wasn’t all what I was looking for.

To those who responded to the post, thank you for your insights. You provided me with valuable feedback. I really appreciate the time and energy you took to respond to my request. I learned SO much from your responses.

Lessons learned:

  1. Be very clear in what you're asking for.
  2. Hurry is not your friend.
  3. Consider who is in this audience. If you ask the wrong person, you'll get the wrong answer.
  4. Keep what works, discard the rest.
  5. Trust your instincts, but verify with the right people/audience.
  6. Learn from your mistakes.
  7. Be gracious to those who take the time to comment, even if they're not giving you the information you were looking for.

Update to the podcast: After recording this, I really faced my own Imposter Syndrome. I struggled with whether to put the podcast out there – what would you think of me if you knew I didn’t have the perfect elevator speech? What would you think about me if I don’t post perfectly clear requests on Facebook every single time? The answer? You’d think I’m human!

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