Martyn Sibley, is a regular guy who happens to have a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This means he cannot walk, lift anything heavier than a book or shower himself. Nonetheless he run Disability Horizons, he is the author of 'Everything is Possible', He has a Degree in Economics & a Masters in Marketing. This blog is about him and his adventures in life
Networking has been around forever. Early homo sapiens understood that together survival was more likely. Literally.
A tribe could more easily defend itself from predators. A tribe could hunt more effectively. A tribe generally was better than going solo.
Today we don’t struggle so much with predators or going hunting. Aside from a pub fight or going to the supermarket. But in our new world of technology and the knowledge economy, networking is more vital than ever.
Unfortunately some people have tarnished the reputation of such events. They think turning up, giving out loads of business cards, and pitching their product/service is appropriate.
Let’s be clear. This is not effective. For the business owner and for the customer and for the overall problem being solved.
Soon after I started blogging, I met Ann Hawkins. Just like me she was using blogging, social media and tribes to change the world.
I was asked to speak at her Cambridge event for local small business owners. It was my first taste of what in person networking should look like.
Everyone wanted to help each other. No agenda. No caveats. No conditions. Yet everbodys business benefited. Amazing!
Since then Ann has used these win:win networking moments, online and offline. In this interview we hear the journey to this amazing world, and what Drive! the network is doing now.
Judging by my Goldie Looking Chain reference on social media recently, it’s fair to say I don’t think life has to be taken too seriously.
But is that at odds with professionalism and productivity?
Well, that depends. If your jokes lack humour, offend someone, or detract from your purpose; then yes it’s at odds with where you want to be.
However if your jokes make people chuckle, are harmless, and help land your point better; its not just good to have fun on the job, it can actually help land the social impact you’re looking for.
For me, a day being too serious, meeting boring people, and working on mundane projects is not the life I want. I like work. Not only do I help change the world, I get to do it my way. With my kind of people.
So how do you keep work fun and enjoyable? Or do you disagree with me, and think laughter is for after hours?
One thing I’ve learned is that influence doesn’t automatically mean resources or impact.
For resources, a self employed World Changer needs money for their bills. An organisation making social impact needs money, people, infrastructure and so forth. But having lots of hits/likes/followers doesn’t automatically mean resources just fly in the door.
Like it or not, you must crack this.
For impact, continually highlighting a problem doesn’t automatically solve it. Depending on the issue, solutions will vary. For Disability Horizons we know inclusion really comes when we bring solutions to the table.
To change the world, solutions focused always wins.
In my recent “How to change the world” course, we covered how to deal with the above, and lots more. I’m excited to be launching the course again soon.
In the meantime, let me know, how do you deal with getting resources and making impact? What other hurdles are stopping you from changing the world?