In the span of about five years, Jimmy Fallon went from a “Saturday Night Live” alum unsuccessfully navigating Hollywood to a late night star to the host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” one of the most respected franchises in entertainment. It’s not by accident.
Fallon’s meteoric rise is partly due to his intense focus on developing relationships with people who could advance his career, according to Shane Snow’s book “Smartcuts” and a recent interview with the comedian.
And he proves that this type of networking doesn’t have to be some kind of Machiavellian manipulation, but rather can be based on a genuine interest in personally connecting with influencers.
Leadership is a complicated thing.
I often get chances to speak at conferences for student ministers. I love to do them. I love to share ideas and learn from everybody. And, because I run a large ministry with many volunteers I often get questions about leading volunteers. In fact, I can’t remember a conference where I wasn’t asked about them. Furthermore, I can’t remember a conference where I wasn’t asked this specific question that gets to my point.
Here it is.
“What are some good ways I, as a leader, can value my volunteers?”
Now, this can be a great question!
But . . . this can also be a terrible question!
And there is a fine line between this being a good and bad question—that line lies at the heart of the person asking it.
The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage.
Not the sort of advice you’ll find on a bestseller rack near you.
In their new book, You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity, Francis and Lisa Chan set out to reframe the entire way we think about relationships, marriage, and parenting. The marriage union is great, they observe, but it’s not forever. Therefore, we must approach this sacred relationship from the zoomed-out vantage point of eternity. And when we do, it changes everything.
- You need to start thinking of yourself as a speaker. You must grasp the fact that you have something to say. This is a mindset shift you must go through in order to become a professional speaker.
- You must find your niche. Business coach, speaker, and author, Jane Atkinson refers to this as “picking a lane.” She recommends choosing “a topic area to focus on, based on your expertise.” Don’t waffle around from one thing to the next. Finding your passion or area of interest is essential to building your speaking career. As a speaker in this area, you will be known as a subject matter expert, so it’s important you do your research and know your stuff.
The world’s ability to understand your dream is not a reflection of whether you should chase it.
The world’s ability to support your dream is not a reflection of whether you should chase it.
Throw the passes when no one is watching. Write the pages no one sees. Work through the business plans people don’t believe in yet. Hustle long before the spotlight finds you.
You don’t need the whole world on your side to create something that changes the world.