Bill Boulton: May 2011 Innerpreneur Spotlight
I am:The only person like me in the world and you are the only person like you. :) (I’m serious.) Life for me is not fun when I try to adhere to someone else’s mental fingerprint. For a longer version of what I’m all about, please check this out.
My passion is for:Speaking, writing, and helping others with public speaking.
My Perspective on Mentorship
In my last article I announced that Christine Dionese and I have entered into a peer-to-peer mentorship and, starting this month, will begin mentoring each other through a monthly Q&A column on her blog and mine. Before we "get columing", we are sharing our current perspectives on mentorship as we enter into our partnership (to simplify ourselves -- I'm a skeptic, she's a believer). Here's mine! You can read Christine's here.
Mentors are:not a topic, or role, that feel very familiar with. For a long time I felt that the best thing was to do everything myself and to rely on no one. But I’m growing to see the value of mentors now, as I grow to see the value of external support, accept my need for it, and I allow myself to mourn the support I didn’t get.
Exploring Peer-to-Peer Mentorship
with Christine Dionese and Me!After much discussion and a bit of ass dragging by me, Christine and I have decided to explore the topic of peer-to-peer mentoring together. Beginning this month, we will begin mentoring each other through a monthly Q&A column on her blog and mine, where we will publicly share our challenges and pains, and support each other in working through those issues. Christine and I have never met in person. Nor have we ever communicated outside of email. Our relationship and the trust we have built has developed strictly through the written word. As Christine pointed out in an email, "People wrote to one another in the old days and had to learn about one another in that way. Travel was either scarce or financially prohibitive, so writing letters was the mode." Perhaps one day we will meet but for now we believe the power of the written word will be enough to facilitate a strong and effective mentor relationship.
“Pay What It’s Worth” is Not “Pay What You Can”
As a practitioner of Pay-What-It's-Worth pricing, in my mind, there are big differences in asking a client to pay-what-they-can, and asking a client to pay-what-it's-worth. They communicate very different things about your brand. Care to explore them with me?