Working in a hybrid company is a privilege that most people may not understand. Being the Vice President at OnFire Books and being the right hand woman of the CEO for more than a decade changes your life.
Because I have been given something from this company that is priceless. An opportunity to be in a job that allows me to serve.
What does working for a hybrid company mean? It means that we strive, in everything we do, to make change. To give. Not just money but time.Not just for the Authors that come to us for work on their Business Book libraries or their legacy books. We work to impact the world through everything we do. From our homeless ministries, through orphanages and through every avenue that we can to impact lives with the power of words. There is something special about reaching out while learning more about the people we serve. We get dirty, we go into where people are and we use our words and resources to change lives. We don’t just send a check and consider it done. Im grateful that I have the chance to reach out everyday and see the impact on lives that we strive to lift up.
This past Friday was our annual event. The Conversation. This event means a lot to me.
Why did I tell you all that stuff about serving others?
A Vice President of a company is rarely accessible. There are a lot of different jobs that I have and hats that I wear. But one thing I always want to be is accessible. For our attendees at our event I am the main contact. Why? Because I want to be involved in making sure that they are ready the life changing event. That they have the highest quality of contact and that they didn’t get emails from my assistant. It is about a personal connection.
The Conversation is an exclusive, invitation only event. A mastermind of world changers. Every single guest at The Conversation is hand picked and screened. I am their main contact the months leading up to the event. I answer questions, send hotel information and make sure that they are prepared for the event. Why do I do all of this?
I want to make the connection to each attendee so that they can understand their importance. They were handpicked for this event. I want them to know that my status in the company that founded the event isn’t something that makes me inaccessible. You know what else? I am the person who registers each guest as they arrive. I could get someone else to do this. It isn’t an overly complicated job. I could instead spend my time mingling. Maybe connect with 30 people. That isn’t enough for me. I want to connect with each attendee as they arrive. I want them to meet the person that helped them prepare for this event. Life and business changing conversations happen around those fires. Ideas are ignited and I consider it a blessing that I can be there to greet each attendee and know that every step of the journey to The Conversation, I was there to connect with them.
Being accessible to the attendees, welcoming them to The Conversation and see the recognition when I introduce myself is my take away for the night. The excitement in their face, knowing I helped them prepare for this day is my reward for being accessible and creating that personal connection. It is as if I can see their heart open up to what can happen at this event just because I took the extra time to create relationships with our attendees before they arrive.
If my connection with our attendees prepares one person to really open up for the amazing conversations that happen around our campfires, than my work at creating bonds before the event was worth it.
We all decide where we will choose to spend our time. I choose to spend my time creating personal connections with our Authors and our attendees and changing lives with words.
It’s a meaningful decision that creates connection, not just for me, but for someone else.
That is what matters.