Vetting – To Vet – investigate (someone or something) thoroughly, especially in order to ensure they are suitable for a job requiring secrecy, loyalty, or trustworthiness. Make a careful and critical examination of. websters
I pulled up #periscope this morning and saw titles of ‘it’s your right to be rich’, ‘your attitude determines your altitude’, and I realized, WHO IN THE WORLD are we taking advice from?
I got O-V-E-R whelmed when I discovered Periscope in June 2015. I listened to everyone until I bought into all the hype that I wasn’t doing social media correctly. I paid x to one person for learning something I didn’t have a problem with, but the slant they put on it, made me think I did. Got my money back.
Another I paid to learn how to do another social media thing, got the money back from that as well. Sue B. Zimmerman teaches how to do it for free. Then I signed up with another for $20 a month 9/9. I couldn’t log in to her site and am still trying to get my money back.
So what did I learn in the last 4 months? I’ve learned I know a whole lot more than I thought I did and I learned to pay attention to whom I am listening too. Most importantly, I learned I’ve been marketing in this ‘new way’ since I started this business in 1991. It’s called being who I am. Reachable, approachable, not setting myself higher than my customers.
Is the person you are taking advice from, a person that has done this job for the last x years? Or did they do another job and now they are doing this advice job as well?
Are they seasoned? Do they know what they are doing? Do they have a track record? Or are they all loud voice and in-your-face? Are they all about the money? Is there a huge disconnect between what these people are teaching you to do and what they have done because they have enough money to do it?
Think about it. Do your homework. Vet the people you listen too. Listen to them for a month at least, before you jump on any bandwagon they are parading before you.
Do they believe in the same things you do? Do they have the same values? If not, then the help they give won’t necessarily fit you and your business. Does it resonate with you and your sense of what is right for you and your business? Does it sound or look like a ‘dog and pony show’? [ Dog and Pony show is a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince.” wikipedia]
It is not all the same advice. Some may say ‘oh it doesn’t matter what they think or believe, this is good advice’. I disagree. Because we tend to hold people in such high regard that we think knows more than we do, we often do what they say to do, without even thinking of the outcome. Without vetting what they have said. Without vetting who they are.
My suggestion is to stop taking advice from everyone on Periscope. From everyone on #Blab. [blab.im a platform just like IRC was, but now you can see each other]. Learn to listen to your gut. Trust your self, your instincts. And VET the people you choose to listen too.