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Introvert, extrovert, or ambivert. People are still your secret weapon to business success. Now you might be thinking, “Leanne, where the heck did you pull this from?”

I was talking to some members in OBM Academy and Audacious OBMs and giving them advice about different things and how they can approach different situations. I like the little community that we’ve really built in OBM Academy and Audacious OBMs. It made me think if you isolate yourself in any way, you would miss some big resources.

I think sometimes we go into a little box where we go, “Oh I’m an extrovert, so I find this easy. I’m an ambivert, so I can do both. Or I’m an introvert, so I find it way too hard.” But connecting with people happens in all different ways and you can do it in ways that suits you. So you can still get the support that you need in your business. So that’s what I want to talk about today.

Now specifically on the Introvert level, there is an amazing human. Her name is Hayley Maxwell and she’s the unstoppable introvert. She’s incredible. If you’re an introvert, look her up. She gives you all different tactics on how to do business as an introvert in a way that’s not going to push you out of your comfort zone too much, or try and be someone you’re not. Awesome resource if you need that.

Back to what we were talking about – business, just like life, is totally unpredictable. When we recognise those things, I don’t know everything, and something that I don’t expect will happen, we can start putting in place the things that we need to be able to manage these things.

How do I get the knowledge? What do I do when the unpredictable thing happens? If you don’t have a pre-plan, it makes it a lot harder and that’s when we spiral. So I’m going to talk about the 9 different things. 9 different kinds of help people can give you in your OBM or Virtual Assistant business.

 

This episode shares:  

  • Small Business Coaster Help
  • Expert Knowledge Help
  • Celebration Help
  • In Case of Emergency Help
  • Imposter Extraction Help
  • Laughing and Perspective Help
  • Competition Help
  • Accountability Help
  • I’m Scared of Driving Help

Small Business Coaster Help

If you’ve been running a small business, you know it goes up and it goes down. Sometimes you need a person or a group of people where you can say, “Hey, this is going on. I’m panicking. I feel stuck. Or I feel like something bad just happened and I feel really quite sad or like I’m failing or this really awesome thing happened.”

Small Business Coaster Help is all about having the people that you can go to who can go, “nah, it’s okay. It’s just the up and down. Or, yeah, I’m actually seeing that everywhere in the market right now. So it’s not just you”. That gives you the ability to go, “Oh, all right, cool”.

Little bit of perspective. I’m not rowing this boat on my own.

 

Expert Knowledge Help

I have different people who I’ve got quite strong relationships with. Even students in my academy. I know that if I have a Dubsado question, I’m going to go and talk to Sophie Carr. I’m going to talk to Robin. Because they know Dubsado so much better than me, and that’s amazing.

But I have connections with different people so that if I’m in a situation where I really need the answer to this question, or I need someone I can refer to for this because it’s out of what I know right now, these are the people I will go to.

That’s the expert knowledge help.

Having the people you can reach out to based on different things. People who are quite happy for you to check in and do that. You don’t have to have a 45-minute leading conversation. They’re people who are in your community. 

 

Celebration Help

We’re in small business and a lot of the time we have little wins and we have big wins and we have no one to look over at and go, “Hey, this happened”, or nobody else to see what’s happened and go, “Hey, do you know that that’s actually awesome”. So that you can appreciate the work that you’ve put in. A lot of the time we need the Celebration Help. We need a person or a few people who can go, “Hey, this is amazing. This is actually happening. Look at what’s been going on for you”.

 

In Case of Emergency Help

If something big happens, if something breaks that you built and you’re panicking, you don’t know what to do, you need to have some people you can go to and go, “help, I don’t know what’s going on. This thing’s broken. I don’t know what to do about it.” Or, “hey I’ve gotta rush my dog to the vet and that’s gonna sound really silly to some people and I have these jobs I need to do. I need somebody who can help me”, and have your core people who will jump in and go, yeah, cool, we’ve got this. You go and we will keep the ship floating.

So you need, In Case Of Emergency Help, these are all the things that keep small business doable.

 

Imposter Extraction Help

We all face imposter syndrome. We all struggle with the, uh, I’m not good enough, Maybe I don’t know enough or I’m not doing it right or, I should be further along than I am. I’m not getting any clients. Is that because of me and maybe I should just give up?

All of that is imposter syndrome and sometimes all we need is somebody else to look at us and go, “No, none of that is true and pull out the imposter and extract them from our thinking”. So that we can see clearly and we can move forward and we can keep building.

Laughing and Perspective Help

Sometimes, terrible things happen and we get quite stressed or someone says something nasty or someone reacts to a situation in one way and you think, “Did I handle this completely wrong?” Or, what is going on here? You start to feel really uncomfortable and worried and you don’t realise until you have someone else to tell, and then their reaction says it all.

They’ll start laughing and go, that person is hilarious. I cannot believe they’re behaving that way. Or to give perspective to what is happening and it changes your whole view on the situation. Sometimes we need that. Sometimes we need the ability to offload the worry and the panic so that we can see clearly and move on as professionals.

 

Competition Help

You can be in competition or you can be in community. I know some of my competitors are my best friends in business. We do very similar things. We help each other and we choose to be community. There is enough work that goes around.

Sometimes we sit there and we worry about people who could be our competition, and sometimes we need the people who are in our corner to go, “Well, are they your competition though? Do they really talk to the same people that you do? Do they speak the same way you do? Have they experienced the same things you have? Because if not, they’re not really your competition and it’s okay”.

Accountability Help

We live in shiny object syndrome land. That is our world now. You walk into a supermarket and there’s all different things flashing at you saying, buy me, buy me, do this, do that. Sometimes we need help to focus and we need that in a safe space. That is what people give us.

Sharing where you want to go and how you plan to get there with somebody else. 

I’m Scared of Driving Help

Now, this is very specific to me.

A few years ago, I met in person someone I’d been talking to online and was in online communities. We live close to each other and we both wanted to go to events that were in the city. Which is, a solid hour drive from us and it’s city driving. So it’s different to suburb driving. We were both like, Oh, yeah, I ain’t driving like that. It’s so much pressure. Then we worked that out. So it was like, okay, so now I have a driving buddy and now every time it’s like, I want to go here. Do you want to come so that we’ve got this driving buddy. Then one of us will drive and the other will sit there and it becomes fun and it becomes a lot easier and there’s somebody else to help us navigate the scary driving in the city.

But you won’t ever get that if you don’t talk to people and you don’t build real relationships.

And… that’s a wrap!

So that is the whole point of this. It’s that, find your people, people who do what you do similar to what you do, in a way that you do it, in an online land, however it works. Because no matter the kind of person you are, the people are the secret weapon to building business success. I do not doubt that for a second. I hope that that helps you and gives you a new perspective.

I would love to have you in my community. We’ve got lots of free resources. We’ve got a Thriving OBM Challenge. We’ve got a six figure OBM roadmap you can grab. We’ve got OBM Academy where you can learn to be a wildly profitable OBM.

There’s this podcast, leave a comment, leave a review if you’re liking what you’re hearing and DM me. I would love, love, love to hear from you. 

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E33 Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert: People are still your secret weapon to business success

Leanne Woff:[00:00:00] 

Hey, hey, hey there. Welcome to today’s episode of the Audacious OBM. Today we’re [00:01:00] going to talk about introvert, extrovert, or ambivert. People are still your secret weapon to business success. Now you might be thinking, Leanne, where the heck did you pull this from? But this actually came from, I was thinking about it a couple of weeks ago.

And in this process, I was talking to some members in OBM Academy and Audacious OBMs and giving them advice about different things and how they can approach different situations. And I just like the little community that we’ve really built there. And I thought if you isolate yourself in any way, you would miss that and you’re missing some big resources.

And I think sometimes we go into a little box where we go, Oh I’m an extrovert, so I find this easy. I’m an ambivert, so I can do [00:02:00] both. Or I’m an introvert, so I find it way too hard. But connecting with people happens in all different ways and you can do it in ways that suits you. So you can still get the support that you need in your business.

And so that’s what I want to talk about today. Now specifically on the Introvert level, there is an amazing human. Her name is Hayley Maxwell and she’s the unstoppable introvert. She’s incredible. If you’re an introvert, look her up. She gives you all different tactics on how to do business as an introvert in a way that’s not going to push you out of your comfort zone too much, or try and be someone you’re not so awesome resource if you need that, but getting back to the point of this episode.

It is , don’t be arrogant. You don’t know everything. And [00:03:00] business, just like life, is totally unpredictable. And so when we recognize those things, I don’t know everything. And something that I don’t expect will happen. We can start putting in place the things that we need to be able to manage these things.

How do I get the knowledge? What do I do when the unpredictable thing happens? If you don’t have a pre plan, it makes it a lot harder. And that’s when we spiral. So I’m going to talk about the nine different things. Nine different kinds of help people can give you in your OBM or Virtual Assistant business.

Okay, so the first one is the Small Business Coaster Help. So if you’ve been running a small business, you know it goes up and it goes down. And sometimes you need a person or a group of people where you can say, Hey, this is going on. [00:04:00] I’m panicking. I feel stuck. Or I feel like something bad just happened and I feel really quite sad or like I’m failing or this really awesome thing happened.

And then this really bad thing happened and now my head is just spinning. Small Business Coaster Help is all about having the people that you can go to who can go, nah, it’s okay. It’s just the up and down. Or, yeah, I’m actually seeing that everywhere in the market right now. So it’s not just you. And that gives you the ability to go, Oh, all right, cool.

Little bit of perspective. I’m not rowing this boat on my own. The second one is expert knowledge help. I have different people who I’ve got quite strong relationships with. And even students in my academy. I know that if I have a Dubsado question. I’m going to go and talk to Sophie Carr. I’m going to talk to Robin.

Because they know Dubsado so much [00:05:00] better than me. And that’s amazing. But I have connections with different people so that if I’m in a situation where it’s like, I really need the answer to this question, or I need someone I can refer to for this because it’s out of what I know right now, these are the people I will go to.

And so that’s the expert knowledge help. Having the people you can reach out to based on different things. And people who are quite happy for you to check in and do that. You don’t have to have a 45 minute leading conversation. They’re people who are in your community. So they’re quite happy to get the, Hey, can you just let me know blah, blah, blah.

And it goes both ways. They’re Celebration Help. We’re in small business and a lot of the time we have little wins and we have big wins and we have no one to look over at and go, Hey, this happened, or nobody else to see what’s happened and go, Hey, do you know that that’s actually awesome? So that you can appreciate the work that you’ve put in. A [00:06:00] lot of the time we need the Celebration Help. We need a person or a few people who can go, Hey, this is amazing. This is actually happening. Look at what’s been going on for you. And then there is In Case Of Emergency Help. So if something big happens, if something breaks that you built and you’re panicking, you don’t know what to do, you need to have some people you can go to and go, help, I don’t know what’s going on.

This thing’s broken. I don’t know what to do about it. Or, hey I’ve gotta rush my dog to the vet and that’s gonna sound really silly to some people. And I have these jobs I need to do. I need somebody who can help me and have your core people who will jump in and go, yeah, cool, we’ve got this.

You go and we will, keep the ship floating. So you need, In Case Of Emergency Help, these are all the things that keep small business doable.

Then there’s Imposter Extraction Help. So we [00:07:00] all face imposter syndrome. We all struggle with the, uh, I’m not good enough, or. Maybe I don’t know enough or I’m not doing it right or, I should be further along than I am. I’m not getting any clients. Is that because of me and maybe I should just give up?

All of that is imposter syndrome and sometimes all we need is somebody else to look at us and go, No, none of that is true and pull out the imposter and extract them from our thinking. So that we can see clearly and we can move forward and we can keep building. Then there’s laughing and perspective help.

Sometimes, terrible things happen and we get quite stressed or someone says something nasty or someone reacts to a situation in one way and you think, Did I handle this completely wrong? Or, what is going on here? You start to feel really uncomfortable and worried and you don’t realise until you have someone else to tell, and then [00:08:00] their reaction says it all.

They’ll start laughing and go, that person is hilarious. I cannot believe they’re behaving that way. Or to give perspective to what is happening. And it changes your whole view on the situation. And sometimes we need that. Sometimes we need the ability to offload the worry and the panic so that we can see clearly and move on as professionals.

Competition Help. You can be in competition or you can be in community. And I know some of my competitors are my best friends in business. We do very similar things. We help each other. And we choose to be community. There is enough work that goes around. And sometimes we sit there and we worry about people who could be our competition.

And sometimes we need the people who are in our corner to go, Well, are they your competition though? Do they really talk to the same people that you do? Do they speak the same way you do? Have they [00:09:00] experienced the same things you have? Because if not, they’re not really your competition and it’s okay. And then again, we can walk through lighter.

Then, second last one is Accountability Help. We live in shiny object syndrome land. That is our world now. You walk into a supermarket and there’s all different things flashing at you saying, buy me, buy me, do this, do that. And sometimes we need help to focus. And we need that in a safe space. That is what people give us.

Sharing where you want to go and how you plan to get there with somebody else. And so then they can come back and go, Hey, how’d you go with this thing? So that you can keep following to get the results that you’re after. And then the final one is the I’m Scared Of Driving Help. Now, this is very specific to me.

A few years ago, I met in person someone I’d been talking to online and was in online communities. [00:10:00] And we live close to each other. And we both wanted to go to events that were in the city. Which is, a solid hour drive from us and it’s city driving. So it’s different to suburb driving. And we were both like, Oh, yeah, I ain’t driving like that.

It’s so much pressure. And then we worked that out. And so it was like, okay, so now I have a driving buddy. And now every time it’s like, I want to go here. Do you want to come so that we’ve got this driving buddy. And then one of us will drive and the other will sit there and it becomes fun and it becomes a lot easier and there’s somebody else to help us navigate the scary driving in the city.

But you won’t ever get that if you don’t talk to people and you don’t build real relationships. And so that is the whole point of this episode. It’s that, find your people, people who do what you do similar to what you do, in a way that you do it, in an online land, however it works. Because no matter the kind of [00:11:00] person you are, the people are the secret weapon to building business success.

I do not doubt that for a second. And so I hope that that helps you and gives you a new perspective. I would love to have you in my community. We’ve got lots of free resources. We’ve got a thriving OBM challenge. We’ve got a six figure OBM roadmap you can grab. We’ve got OBM Academy where you can learn to be a wildly profitable OBM.

There’s this podcast, leave a comment, leave a review if you’re liking what you’re hearing and DM me. I would love, love, love to hear from you. I’m Leanne Woff. I’ll see you, I’ll see you next week, guys. Bye!

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