At the conclusion of a speech last October, on my way out of the conference hall, the organizer of the event said that he would be more than happy to provide a written reference for me to include on my web site.
This week, I finally followed up with him and asked if the offer was still good. He replied right away (and with enthusiasm!) that it still is.
I thought to reach out to him because since that talk in October the speaking part of my business has been nonexistent. In my transition to a new, full time internal role I stopped seeking opportunities to do one of the things I most love to do.
This week I decided to change that by doing the next smallest thing I could do to bring this part of my professional life back in line with my aspirations. I finally asked for that reference.
The next smallest thing I did was to send an email to someone in my network who invited me to speak at his organization many years ago to ask if he’d be willing to have me back.
The next smallest thing I did was to research organizations in my community who need speakers on a regular basis. I found three that I think would be a good fit and completing a speaker proposal for each of them is on the list of the next smallest things I will do in the coming week.
The next smallest thing I did was to write this blog post, because until you let people know what you’re looking for, they can’t help you find it.
(HT Carl Richards)
This is #34 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Learning is another great topic to explore.