So I was sending out cold emails and I got a response:
Our company is in Texas, it appears you're in CA.
How do you work with companies remotely?
Due to selective ignorance I didn't think about how to work with remote clients. Any suggestions? Btw, I'm running a video production company.
i thought about it and typed this:
Hello Mr. ,Thank you for the quick reply. Working with companies remotely is fairly simple. Most of the work in terms of idea generation and storyboarding is done pre-production, and it would be easy to discuss this virtually or over the phone.
We can then fly to location for shooting. Editing will be finished by us and the video will be sent to you when finalized. Do you already have an idea of what you would like produced? Would it be more along the lines of a straightforward explanatory video or a creative advertising video?
This is one of the coolest emails I've ever received. Reprinted with permission -
I have recently begun reading your work. I really enjoyed reading and considering "Becoming a Person Who Helps People". I work in an industry that is at the least, very harsh. I am a merchant mariner, female, working with some pretty harsh guys. I'm one of 4 women who work for this company, and the only one under 30 and on a boat. I hold a position of some authority so I gain a bit of "respect" from the title. However, its not enough. The hierarchy on vessels is clear, but gaining the support and trust of your fellow crew members is paramount in a dangerous work environment. My personality clashes often with the harshness of the culture here. There is no room for weakness, real or perceived. However, I am empathetic and nurturing by nature. Helping people is just something I gain great pleasure from, despite the criticism others have for it in my line of work.
Helping people is a great way to create happiness for yourself, and I do so often in small ways. Many people out here can't read or write, or use a computer. Those simple skills I take for granted each day, are unobtainable to some. Men don't want to ask for help, especially from the tiny 100lb girl who outranks them, or works under them. Either way! I make it a point to connect with these people, in small ways like assisting them in writing an email, or typing out a sign they want to post for "Wet Paint", or even asking them how they think a supply locker should be organized when they are the primary users. I read aloud during safety meetings, instead of asking people to read for themselves. I try to consider what others might need, so they don't have to ask. Most others in my position think that I am coddling them, letting them slacking off, or say they need to learn a lesson and read or speak english- any number of negative thoughts surround my simple actions (if they are even noticed that is). Often people accuse me of sleeping with these guys. But at the end of the day, I have a loyal backing of 10 men who would do any work I ask, and give me their best efforts at all times. I ask them to get a job done, I get results. And thats the key for me, I ASK. I never direct, or demand. I say thank you every day, and make a point of commenting on exceptional work or efforts. I bake cookies or make special dinners on long days of work (we all live on the boat for months at a time), because when you're out here you become family whether you like it or not. These guys make me look good, I'm held accountable for their work and I can trust them to perform it. When the other guys in my position demand work be done, its usually half-assed or bullshitted entirely. They yell more, complain more, its a bad cycle. My leadership style, if you can call it that, doesn't work everywhere for sure. But it works for me here, and its infinitely more rewarding to be myself and be kind than to pretend otherwise.
I wish I had the writing/thinking skills you posses because I feel that even writing what I've put down thus far falls short of what I am trying to express.
Everyone around me seems to be trying to figure social media out. From the largest media companies (I was just sitting down with one that's desperate to find a strategy that works) to the real estate market, the hot topic is how to make social media work for them.
I consider myself to be pretty well versed in social media - after all, I'm a co-founder of a mobile app company, and my previous gig, a real estate company, uses social media very effectively to get over 1,000 leads per month.
Everyone around me seems to be trying to figure social media out. From the largest media companies (I was just sitting down with one that's desperate to find a strategy that works) to the real estate market, the hot topic is how to make social media work for them. I consider myself to be pretty well versed in social media - after all, I'm a co-founder of a mobile app company, and my previous gig, a real estate company, uses social media very effectively to get over 1,000 leads per month. But what about a random small business? How could they leverage social media? So I'm trying to help a local lasik doctor, Liberty Laser Eye Center, leverage social media. Above is my first step.