Girls, Girls, Girls
3) Support—Given that we all have a vested interest in seeing our industry not only survive, but thrive and evolve, it is better that we embrace the attitude that when one of us succeeds, we all win. So lend a hand when you can, and ask for help if you need it. A friend in need...and all that.
4) Commiseration—Sometimes it just feels good to blow off a little steam and complain or swap horror stories. We’ve all got them. It’s the one instance when I really don’t mind being one-upped. Anytime I ever think I’ve had a tough time, someone can tell me a story that beats mine. And that’s OK.
5) Ideas—I make it a habit of listening to people, asking questions, and diving into offering unsolicited advice. I am quite sure that this is often welcomed and just as often really not appreciated at all. But I just can’t help myself.
The exchange of ideas is often a great springboard for innovation, change and improvement. Get a bunch of girls together in a room and, I can promise you, we won’t just talk about boys and lipstick. Give us 30 minutes and we can just about save the world.
For all of the above reasons, I really hope I don’t have to wait until PRINT 13 to have another adventure with the Girls...We should break up into small groups and meet as regularly as we can. I can use the help!
Blogger, author, consultant, coach and all around evangelist for the graphic arts industry, Kelly sold digital printing for 15 years so she understands the challenges, frustrations and pitfalls of building a successful sales practice. Her mission is to help printers of all sizes sell more stuff. Kelly's areas of focus include sales and marketing coaching, enabling clients to find engagement strategies that work for them and mentoring the next generation of sales superstars.
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and, among other notable accomplishments, co-founded the Windy City Rollers, a professional women's roller derby league. She is also the mother of two sets of twins under the age of ten, so she fears nothing.