Pamela is a single mother of two young girls in her 30s and also a part-qualified accountant in London.
When we asked her what she would ideally want to do she said that she really would like to write a children’s book. She had an idea for a story and she had always wanted to write but never gotten herself space to do so.
“So what’s stopping you now?” I asked her.
“Nothing really. I just need to do it.” She answered
And in our experience, this is the biggest part of making it happen, once you know what you want. Making it important enough to prioritise in your day. We discussed what was possible in terms of time and what else she needed. Contacts in the book world was also something that would be useful.
So we found an event with children’s authors and publishers, and we recommended her to attend, with a view to widen her network with the speakers and peers. Had she ever networked before, is she comfortable doing so?
“No, not done it before, would like some help”, she said.
We had a couple of sessions beforehand to prepare her for how to network confidently and also gave her some exercises.
“It was amazing” she said after the event. She’s gotten contact details and been given advice by the speakers and other budding authors. She’s heard stories from others how they have held full time jobs whilst they have been working on their books and been rejected 92 times before finally getting results.
So after three months what has she been able to do? She has created an outline of her book, finished the first chapter, has contact details of other budding authors and publishers, gotten herself out of her comfort zone to network, learn new skills and understands how she can make it happen for her.
She’s inspired now and we’re very excited to see what will happen in the future!
We received a great testimonial from the young woman that did work experience with us. She is a budding videographer, was doing her second year in media studies at university. When we first talked to her about what she wanted to do for her work experience, she really wanted to be doing it at one of the large companies.
‘How about covering and creating a promo for our launch event?’ I asked her at the time.
She was hesitant. She didn’t have the skills or the confidence, she said. She wanted to observe first.
Her feelings are not unique. How many times have I done that to myself? Not wanting to step into something because I didn’t think I could do it unless I seen it, rehearse, practice and then I would be ready to show the world the perfect solution.
But we did manage to convince her. We had several sessions, and it was nice sound boarding with someone that had a different view point.
Her testimonial ends with:
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learnt a range of new skills and helping to improve on ones I already had. From this experience, I have learnt how to plan a corporate event, built my confidence by filming on my own, learnt what questions to ask clients to find out exactly what they want, experience a free-lance work environment and taught myself how to use Final Cut Pro editor.
I appreciate you giving me this unique chance to film your event. Although, I didn’t have much experience, but you still wanted me to do it. Unlike, many large Media and Film companies, where I would most likely have to make the teas and coffees”
She got the opportunity, because she was open to receive it.
And we are grateful, that we were given the opportunity to show her.