My debut as a stand-up comedian made me think about how businesses often do not ask for what they want
The debut was on the 1st of August at Toast in Falmouth. Before the event I was feeling very nervous and posted this message on Facebook.
I am making my stand-up comedy debut at Toast in Falmouth tonight – I am a tad nervous please send helpful thoughts.
I soon received plenty of messages of support which improved my confidence. The following is a small selection.
You will be wonderful!! Have fun!!!
You’re a natural, what an experience. ENJOY and have fun!
Just be you, they will love you.
You’re gonna smash it!
I’m pleased to say that my debut went well, I loved it and have been booked to do more. Part of the success was down to the support I received from friends; I only received that support because I asked for it.
In business I have often come across incidences of people not asking for what they need:
- salespeople waxing lyrical about their product then not asking the potential customer if they want to buy it
- businesses with many satisfied customers not asking for testimonials
- not asking for help because it is seen as weakness
- not asking for referrals
At networking events I often hear people say what they do but not what they want; there is no specific ask. When I talk about the charity I support, Go Beyond, I have four specific asks:
- Money (donations)
- People to volunteer
- Referrals to schools (which can refer children to the charity)
- Child appropriate jokes (mine are getting overused)
That has produced results in all four categories although the jokes have been weak 😊
Ask and ye shall receive – don’t ask and people will not know that you need something or what it is.
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