What skills are you bringing over?

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For those that have seen the first few blog posts you know a little about this project and what we basically looking to accomplish. I’m not going to go back and rehash all that out. If you haven’t seen them then take a moment and visit the home page, watch the video and you’ll get the jist of it all.

What I want to write about this evening is transferable skills and knowing how to leverage the skills you’ve developed in your past or current careers. From that, you can also derive what it is you need to learn so you can fill in the gaps of competency.

What I will restate is that I am NOT a Passive income or internet expert. However I do believe that being completely new to this and not having every skill that I need makes this project EXTREMELY relatable and even easier to follow along with the steps. And with that I’m going to give what should be a pretty transparent and revealing show of what I feel my strengths and weaknesses are.

My background is in sales and leadership and have been doing both since I was 16 years old. However all of my sales background comes in a retail, storefront environment, where-as in e-commerce sales I an a complete newbie. I believe that the underlying concept still works. In order to close a sale, the value of the product must shift over the cost. Nobody, and I mean nobody will pay for something if they don’t feel it’s worth what they are getting. I know very well how to position a product to increase its value if I have someone standing in front of me and I can overcome their objections. I don’t really get that opportunity in e-commerce. Therefor, I need to anticipate what objections there would be and then plan accordingly ahead of time in order to eliminate objections or reasons not to buy before it even begins.

When it comes to my leadership background, I feel extremely comfortable talking in front of large crowds, I speak well and I know how to delegate. But again, how does this translate into THIS project? Well, I don’t have anyone to delegate anything down to as it’s just me, myself and I. But I can use my public speaking background to hopefully create engaging videos for YouTube to grow that stream…BUT it’s very different. Even the video on my home page, my very first video, I’m not overly happy with. But I’m willing to critique myself and learn from it. I need to be more engaging in the beginning and build a better hook.

Along with leadership, since I have no other individuals to lead, I can put that focus into managing myself and my time and ensuring that I am always looking to taking just one more step each day. Which is also why I’m writing this post at 11:35pm on Monday when I have a meeting in the morning at 8am.

But what are the things that I know that I don’t know? Well that list seems to be getting longer with each passing hour! This is where I think the difference between me and others can help create that gap. I’m willing to admit that I don’t know something and ready to learn how to do it. So lets tackle a couple of items on this list.

  1. I don’t know how to create a simple thumbnail for my YouTube videos. How silly is that?
  2. I don’t know that much about instagram, pintrest, or Snapchat. I need to know these in order to capitalize on all social media outlets and be able to market this project better.
  3. I don’t know enough about key word optimization. There are a ton of videos and I’ve watched some but I know this is something I need to dive in deeper.
  4. I don’t know what I don’t know. That part can be scary but at the same time, I’m so excited to find out the next thing I don’t know because it’ll put another opportunity to learn right in front of me.

If there is anyone out there that happens to catch this blog in the early stages that is willing to reach out and give me some pointers on the items I listed above, please do. I’m sure it would make for some great content that can be shared with anyone interested and I would love to collaborate.

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