Stop Sending DM’s In LinkedIn:

I think a lot of people could benefit from following the advice from the title of this post: Stop sending DM’s in LinkedIn.  Most of the time people send really crappy messages just going straight for the kill and asking for the close, or as a put it in another post, the marriage proposal.

Please for the love of all things good and holy, stop furthering this issue and make sure that you don’t just send a blast of DM’s via LinkedIn or any other social media platform asking for business.  Sure, you may get a random person positively responding, but then I would also ask why were they so willing to work with a random stranger.  What we need to do is forget the ask all together and see how we can best interact with that individual.  If they are posting lots of content on LinkedIn, start interacting with them there. If they are not posting anything on that platform, see if they are engaged elsewhere and find out where they are most active.  It is the craziest thing for you to keep trying to contact someone in the same way even after the fact they haven’t responded to your first fifteen tries. 

No matter how you eventually connect with someone, don’t let the first interaction be a big ask, because your relational bank is empty is instantly overdrawn, and no one likes the feeling of being overdrawn.  Take your time, relationships don’t happen overnight, but over a lifetime. 

Dad Life: Work

What Would You Do For Five Dollars

Last week I was talking to the awesome people in the logistics cube at my work, and we somehow got to talking about this pretty awesome website called Fiverr. Now I am sure many of you may have already heard about this site, but I must have missed the train on this one.  As we talked about the site, all I could think was that this is one of the coolest most creative outlets we have ever been given.
An idea popped into my head as we were talking about this site, and it just so happens that Lindsay would be gone that night.  After Lindsay had left for the night, I decided to learn a little more about the process and create a gig, which is what they call the services that people offer.  My idea was to write a handwritten letter and mail it to whomever for whomever for only $5.  Now I know my writing looks like a caveman’s, and I am sure not many, if any, people will take me up on my offering, but I thought this would be something fun to do.  Plus, who doesn’t love a little bit of snail mail (bills excluded), no matter the occasion.  Through this fun little offering, I want to allow people the chance to connect to those they care about on a more personal level, even if they don’t have the means to do it themselves at the time.
I still can’t get over the brilliance of this site.  I mean Subway sells sandwiches for $5, so why can’t the rest of us do something that we love to do for only $5.  In fact, please leave a comment and let me know what you would do, not for a Klondike bar, but for $5.