This year, I've made it my mission to push my freelancing career forward. I've landed some repeat clients, and I've been contributing to Lifehack regularly. I've made an effort to post on this blog consistently. I've been a busy bee!
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Believe it or not, people noticed
I received a message from the incomparable Marc Guberti based on all that work I'd been doing. If you don't know about Marc, he's a teenage entrepreneur with an incredible work ethic and an influencer with serious reach on social media. He has more content in his back pocket than I've produced in my life. He asked if I would consider being interviewed for his Productivity Virtual Summit, which is happening September 18-25, 2017.
As soon as I opened the email, good ol' imposter syndrome went to work on me. I questioned what I could possibly teach someone that would revolutionize the way that they work. The negativity clouds were closing in fast, but then I remembered all that yoga training I took last year, and I just let it go.
The truth is, I am still actively learning about productivity as I go. As a military spouse, I've learned how to plan when you really can't make a plan. I've learned how to get things done in situations that should bring my life to a grinding halt. I've learned to be patient and compassionate with myself, but I've also learned that sometimes (barring issues that require outside help) I have to stop feeling all the feelings and put in the work.
I told him I'd give it a shot
I expressed my gratitude to Marc, and I explained that I did know a thing or two about being productive, but that I wouldn't call myself an expert. He responded patiently, like a teacher who has already been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt. He confirmed that the invitation was open, and I decided to go for it.
Resist the urge to be a bobble-head
I tend to use a lot of non-verbals when I talk, and sometimes I get too excited during discussions...maybe to the point of having those crazy Salvador Dali eyes. You know the ones I mean... I'm a writer, not a Youtuber, after all. Doing an interview would put me outside of my comfort zone, but as the saying goes, "There's no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone." (The internet is full of misattributed quotes. I'm going to admit that I don't know who said this first instead of adding to the pile.)
The interview with Marc was my very first online interview, and I was determined not to gum it up. (To be clear, I did a bobble-headed in-person interview a few years ago, but this was the first time I sat down and talked to my computer while a human on the other side interviewed me and recorded it.)
I set up my office so that the interview background wouldn't look weird. I positioned my dog's bed out of frame and willed the dog and the cat to be on their best behavior. I refrained from applying copious amounts of eyeliner like a kindergartner with one of those jumbo crayons. I held off on the coffee, which would only solidify my jitters. There may have been some power-posing, but my cat agreed not to tell anyone about it.
The interview happened
I had everything in order when the call came in. I was nervous at the beginning of our chat, but after I started talking about productivity and goal-setting, I was in my element. The entire talk lasted less than 45 minutes, but we covered lots of ground.
If you want to see that interview as well as those of over 50 productivity experts check out the Virtual Productivity Summit. You can stream interviews on topics including:
- Leveraging Your Time
- Goal Achievement
Productivity gurus including Tom Ziglar (Zig Ziglar's son and co-author of Born to Win: Find Your Success), Dorie Clark, Nick Loper, and many others will offer their insights on how to follow your dreams and make the most of your time. Catch my interview for free on September 21-23. If you need more time to hear from speakers, you can opt to purchase a pass.
My next productivity challenge awaits
Another PCS is on the horizon for my family, which means another move, and a serious challenge to my productivity and the momentum I've built in 2017. (Stay tuned for more on how that goes!) In the meantime, I'm excited to tap into the combined wisdom of the experts who participated in the Productivity Virtual Summit.
What's the next big step for you? Let us know in the comments below!