A Little Intro To Partnering…
At this stage of discovering what your business is in practice, you will find that the more you speak about your tribe, your offer and your wisdom, the easier and clearer it becomes, and it eventually starts to roll off your tongue. Partnering with someone who can listen and provide feedback about the clarity of your expression can help you to refine your communication and help you embody your wisdom. This way, you get to practise in the background whilst you start connecting with your real tribe, and it helps to make the process more effortless. It also means you can get going faster because without a partner, you would be testing this out with real prospective clients and learning through trial and error.
How Partnering Works
When you meet with your partner, it’s important to have a focus so that you feel like you have achieved something specific at the end of the partnering session. Each of you can take turns at being the speaker and the receiver for each of these exercises. Choose whichever one feels important for you to complete for the session, or you can do all three.
You will probably want to take notes as well, or at least refine your spreadsheets during or at the end of the session. It’s important to document what you discover as you/we will likely refer to the spreadsheets again in future.
In this process, be honouring of each other and the wisdom you each have. You don’t need to ‘fix’ or ‘advise’ each other, but simply give constructive feedback to help your partner to refine each aspect. It’s not about getting it ‘right’, it’s about exploring different ways to describe your business so that you can get comfortable sharing it when it really counts to be clear and concise. Keep it simple, and have fun!
1. Describe your Offer
Speaker: As though you were explaining your Offer to your tribe, including the outcomes, delivery mode, inclusions, price and payment options.
Receiver: Respond by asking questions about their offer, including any important details they may have missed.
2. Describe your Tribe
Speaker: Explain who your Tribe is, their characteristics, their needs, what keeps them up at night.
Receiver: Respond by paraphrasing who their tribe is as clearly as possible, based on your understanding from their description.
3. Share your Wisdom
Speaker: Answer each question of your Wisdom in a way that helps the listener to view you as an authority on the subject.
Receiver: Respond by inquiring further about what they know, putting yourself in the shoes of someone who really needs their guidance.
I recommend that you meet with your partner over Skype or phone at least once in each cycle. And you’re welcome to share with each other in the Facebook group as well.
Cycle 1 – 7th to 20th August
Jodie and Priscilla
Lynda and Angelika
Cycle 2 – 21st August to 10th September
Priscilla and Lynda
Angelika and Jodie
Cycle 3 – 11th September to 1st October
Lynda and Jodie
Priscilla and Angelika
Priscilla – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodie – email@example.com
Angelika – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynda – email@example.com
(And you’re all in the same timezone until daylight savings kicks in!)