A few days ago I landed another gig for writing without breaking much of a sweat and it reminded me of a few things.
But one of the biggest things that stuck out to me is that throughout my writing career there has been a handful of times that I’ve actually been turned down. Not only that, but I tend to get gigs very quickly. As soon as I approach it’s not long after that people want me to be writing for them.
I’m not saying this gloat, however there is a particular pattern to how I do things. Furthermore I believe this technique can seriously help other people in landing gigs faster or at least getting quick responses.
Be Nice, And Notice
Right out the door you want to be a positive individual. Every person always likes a nice and positive person. If you want to build a relationship, start by being nice.
But when it comes to landing a gig, you’re not there exclusively to chat and build a relationship. You want to leverage it.
And the best way to leverage it is to learn about someone’s pain.
Of course, you can figure this out by talking with them, but one technique that I use is notice.
Since I am writer, the product that I provide are articles in the end.
My niche and interests determine my ability to produce a certain type of articles as well.
With these two things in mind, I will immediately go to a persons website and start to notice things.
Why this is important suggests that not only are you nice, but you have taken the time to consume someones content. As a writer, you learn about their writing style and you size them up, see if what you believe in and how you write works well with them.
This is key whether you are a writer or a ghostwriter as you want to be able to connect and echo the same principals and write in a fashion that the audience will like.
Not only that, but what you notice can also feed into the proposal you offer.
Offer Something Shiny And Propose Why They Want It
Right out the door, the guy knew I was interested in a guest post. The headline “Guest Post Inquiry” was a dead giveaway.
Of course you want to be direct in what it is you are looking for, but you want to be focusing more on others.
What can you provide for the other person that they actually need. Followed by persuading them on why they need it.
Going back to my proposal, what I noticed plays a huge factor. For one, I’m a writer on self improvement, but I also recently launched a confidence website. Guest posting is going to be critical for me as I can increase my creditability and authority by guest posting.
But again, this isn’t about me. It’s about what I can offer.
One thing I noticed on the website I applied for was the lack of self improvement and confidence articles.
This in short was my shiny.
It’s something that I can offer up and would immensely benefit the website. I noticed that they were still an active website but the disregard for articles in this section proved to be a place where I can flourish on that website.
Furthermore they get content that they certainly need in those categories thus allowing them to expand their audience further.
This in turn was the reason why it could help them. Why they had to have me on their team.
To top it off I also showed them some of my work and let them see what I can do with my style and let them draw their own conclusions as well.
This Is The Approach
My approach does change from time to time. If it’s something as simple as a guest post, this is how I approach it.
I notice things that a person lacks.
I only make a move when I determine if we are a great fit and I understand a persons situation a little bit.
I then tie in what I notice with what I can offer.
Finally, I prove to them why they need me by showing my work and painting them a picture of what I can provide.
Follow these four simple steps and be nice throughout the entire process, and you’ll land some gigs very quickly. Yes you’ll rejections, and that’s part of the process, but most times, people will not turn down a sudden act of kindness, especially when you explained that they need help in a certain area.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
Felt pretty good knocking out every single task that was on my list yesterday. I also finished everything at a decent time as well. This allowed me to relax and enjoy my day more.
Even though I didn’t move a whole lot yesterday, I still was satisfied with my day overall. Now, there is more on my plate and there’s a lot of things that I need to push myself to do this week.