Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Ask And You Shall Receive

A fellow coach challenged me recently to ask for feedback when I send out articles to my network instead of simply hoping that they are hitting the mark. Hmmm... scary. My resistance wasn't so much that these folks might have negative feedback but that I simply didn't want to burden the busy people that I know and respect with this request. Eventually I clued in that I am often preaching that "asking for help" is one of the best ways that you can show respect to someone else and recognize their value to you. So I did.

And people did. Provide feedback I mean. Some wrote several paragraphs of not only feedback on the article itself but even more powerfully for me they shared their own reflections on the subject.

Cindy, my virtual assistant, pointed out that she has several clients that write newsletters and she is struck by how inordinately giving the people in my network are. "You have attracted really incredibly giving people!" she noted.

So true. I even get a bit misty-eyed about it, I have to confess. I know what it's like to have a plate overflowing with business to attend to. I feel inordinately grateful to those of you who have taken time to provide me with thoughtful feedback and personal reflections.

It's a huge deal for me to know that an article I've written has sparked some thinking for someone else, or stimulated a conversation that might not otherwise have taken place. It's the greatest gift in return!

It's this dynamic that has inspired me to allow comments on this Blog. Interactivity through this medium is a marvell.

Feels like finding a pot of gold!