A Monday observation from the desk of the Capitalist...
We did a webinar over at Fistful of Talent on Facebook recruiting last week. By all accounts, it was a big success, with positive feedback flowing to the primaries that were involved from FOT - KD and Tim Sackett presenting and Holland Dombeck running the technical side.
But there's one thing that would cause a lot of people to blink. For every 10 people who took the time to comment that they loved it, there were at least two that didn't care for the style at all. And they were vocal via email. Most of those people asked for the slides, but took the time to say they could have done without some of the style elements.
What style elements you ask? The FOT webinar isn't one of those things where we slam the slides and just read. The FOT style is more conversational. Tim and I chatted it up at the start, talking about how we knew each other. I called Tim a Freak. We commented on the thoughts of each other like we were having a conversation. We made fun of MacGyver - a lot.
Some people really hated that style. A lot more people really loved it. When I saw the negative emails, it's human nature to stop doing what drew the negative emails.
There's just one little problem with that approach. Stop doing what we did to get rid of the negative emails, and you lose the fans of the approach who really liked the vibe.
Which begs the question for the future - do you:
1. Do what you do, get the positive vibe and connection with the people who value the approach - and live with those who hate it, or;
2. Neutralize the approach and offend no one. Get rid of the negative comments but lose the people who really liked what you did.
Me? After letting the sting ease with the topical creme applied, I think you take risks and adjust for the next one, but keep taking risks and be yourself.
Like Andy once said in the Shawshank Redemption, you better get busying living or get busy dying.