At last year’s CFC (2011 in Chicago), favorite speaker, Luke Mysse, gave an inspiring opening session in which he elaborated on the idea of solopreneurs creating their own advisory board to help grow the business.
This year in Boston, he brought up that idea again as part of his “Options for Growth” opening session, but it was picked up in the Q&A by Julia Reich of Julia Reich Design and became one of the main subjects being tweeted and discussed over the entire conference. So we know it’s a good idea (and may even have an entire workshop/session on it at next year’s CFC, June 22-24 in San Francisco — save the date!).
Julia has continued to pursue the idea in her attempt to create her own advisory board and wrote about it on her blog. Here’s an excerpt from it, including how to lead the first meeting.
Luke Mysse, in his talk “Options for Growth”at the Creative Freelancers Conference last month in Boston stated, “You shouldn’t walk alone” – get an advisory board to keep you on track with goals & finances.
For the first meeting:
- Start with “thanks”
- Talk about why an advisory board, and my biggest challenges
- Let them introduce themselves
- Set expectations and communication/feedback guidelines
- End by saying “thanks” again
Read the rest here. And comment here and/or on Julia’s blog if you’re working with this idea too.