Gary V

Just Ask: Meeting Charles Lee

One of the questions I often here is how does an Introvert like myself get connected to so many influential leaders?  The answer is pretty easy: I just ask.

I’m a learner by nature and I love asking questions and listening to great leaders share their stories.  Having the opportunity to ask these questions though often begins with one key question: “Can I meet you and ask you a few questions?”

I once heard a social media hero of mine, Gary Vaynerchuk say that he gave this dating advice to his friend: ask every hot girl you see out on a date and eventually one will say yes.  I took this perspective to meeting influential leaders and essentially ask every innovative leader out on a date and a few of them over the years have said yes.  To be honest, I’m probably told no or ignored more times that I’m told yes, but pretty consistently I’m told yes which opens up an incredible opportunity to pick the brain of a great leader.

Are there people or leaders whom you would love to meet and learn from?  Why not reach out to them and see if they would be willing to give you 15 minutes of their time to answer 3 questions.  Here’s what recently happened to me:

I saw on Twitter that Charles Lee was in New York.  After following his work for over 4 years and hearing him speak at several conferences and events around the country I have always wanted to meet him.  I simply asked him publicly on Twitter if he might have a window of time while in New York to meet up.  Within 30 minutes of my tweet I had a Direct Message from Charles with a time and location and just a few hours later I was sitting across a table from him.  He was gracious, humble and willing to answer my questions about life, ministry, business and everything in between.  I’m a better leader because of it and none of it would have been possible if I had not been bold enough to just ask.  

Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

I have been looking forward to sharing this with you all for several weeks now. I have learned so much from Gary V over the years and was a privilege to not only get to have a conversation with him, but to be able to share that conversation with you. Listen in on my phone conversation with the social media expert, Gary Vaynerchuk.

Check out LiveNinja

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Thanks to Social Media Guru Gary Vaynurchuk, I can across this site today and quickly felt at home.  The site oozes with creativity and innovation!  The philosophy behind the site of providing an all in one platform for people to find ninjas and for ninjas to connect with clients.  By ninjas they don't mean literal ninjas, but specialists.  Here's how the describe themselves:

LiveNinja is a live video chat marketplace that provides people with direct and personalized access to service providers, or people with expertise on a particular subject.

In searching through Live Ninja I found Yoga instructors, music teachers, Marketing consultants, leadership advisors and everything in between.  It is a free platform and they simply collect 20% commission on any fees that a Ninja charges on their time.  The payment system is clean and simple through PayPal making it easy for both the user and the ninja.

I highly encourage you to take a few minutes and check out the site!  I'm not sure that I will ever use it for anything, but the innovation behind it fuels all kinds of new ideas.  As ministry leaders I never want to stop analyzing new and creative innovations and how they might further the purposes of the Church.

Before I wrap up this post I do want to mention one other thought in regards to charging for time.  As I've recently entered the world of consulting it has been difficult for me to charge for my time, especially to ministry leaders.  I badly want to give away my time and invest in as many ministry leaders as possible at no cost.  The reality is that I can't.  I recently talked with another ministry consultant and he shared some great advice with me.  When we get something for free we often take it for granted, but when it costs us something we are much more likely to maximize the time and implement the ideas.  While I will probably always be a little uncomfortable charging ministries, I have seen this to be very true and appreciate ministries that value my time and implement the recommendations that I make.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and LiveNinja!  What kind of Ninja would you be interested in connecting with?