I’m part of a Mastermind group, which includes coaches from all over the world. Our leader and mentor is a marketing specialist and a fantastic presenter. I have learnt so much from him about educating my audience in way that engages and inspires action.
To quote my mentor, there are some “super-smart cats” in the group – there are a number of people running multi-million dollar businesses and playing at the top of their game. It’s an inspiring group to be part of, and it certainly keeps me on my toes.
In March I attended a 2-day training event with the Mastermind group. My Business and Events Manager, Amanda, came with me on the first day. We have been friends for 15 years, so she knows me pretty well. She had just been at my Get What You Want At Work workshop, two days prior, which was the first time she had seen me present to a large group.
I was interested to hear what she thought of my ability and style compared to my mentor, and a couple of others who presented at the Mastermind training.
She told me that she thinks I am a really good presenter, naturally, and that she could see the influence of my mentor in my presentations. A good thing, right, given he is a pro?
She agreed it was a good thing however what she then said was “But I can’t wait for the day when you really put your own authentic stamp on it Fiona. That’s when I think you will really shine and hit the big-time.”
Her comment got me thinking. Many people in the Mastermind room are almost mini-clones of our mentor. They have, rightly, modeled his success and are making it work in their own industries. I’m all for making the best use of resources, not wasting time and doing what works while following in the footsteps of those who have done it before you. It struck me however, that those doing it really well, have clearly put their own creative and professional stamp on their business as well. They have followed the structure and the context of the teaching, not just copied the form and the content of it.
If you’re not careful, it’s easy to lose yourself and your uniqueness in the pursuit of success others have gained. I believe this is true whether you are running a business or employed – find people to model and emulate, but don’t just blindly copy and follow. Make sure your uniqueness and creativity shines through in everything you do. Then you will ensure that YOU become the one worth following.
PS If you’d like to find your own uniqueness, let’s have 15 minutes together and we’ll talk about how I can help you do that. Click here to book a time in my diary in the next 2 weeks.