2017 Content Excellence Challenge: The June Prompts. To help with that, here are our community prompts for June. You might use June to experiment with tasks and find one that works for you. What’s an outreach task? Outreach is often one of those tasks that lives outside our comfort zones, so it really helps to figure out precisely what you’re going to do, and then schedule a fixed time to do it at least once a week. The June Creativity Prompt Find your alter ego We all have areas where we just don’t feel very strong. Then, when you’re doing the challenging activity, you’re going to write as that character. Write a pitch using the voice of an ultra confident alter ego. You don’t have to share what you write — but you may well find that you want to. And what will be your day and time to schedule them this month?
There’s something about June … maybe that it’s the sixth month, so you have that reminder that the year is half over. Or maybe it’s the June sunshine (at least in my hemisphere) that makes you want to be ultra productive so you can sneak out for a before-dinner walk.
In any event, I’m feeling rather conquer-the-worldish at the moment, and I hope you are, too. To help with that, here are our community prompts for June.
Each month in 2017, we’re giving you a pair of prompts — one to make you more productive and one to improve your creativity or writing skills.
You can jump in anytime — and let us know about your experiences in the comments!
The June Productivity Prompt
Last week I wrote a post about the two ugly problems that plague freelancers, especially when they’re starting out: the lack of clients and the lack of good clients.
One solution to these terrible woes is to put a marketing system into place — a regular, consistent process you follow to find more of what you want.
This could apply to …
- potential clients
- potential customers
- potential blog readers
- potential podcast listeners
… you get the idea.
Your productivity prompt for this month is to decide on a day of the week and a time. Maybe it’s Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Then, every Thursday at 10:00 a.m., do one outreach task. You might use June to experiment with tasks and find one that works for you.
What’s an outreach task? It’s a repeatable process to find and connect with new people who don’t know you yet.
Some possibilities include:
- Logging in to LinkedIn and connecting with potential customers
- Setting up or tweaking a low-cost Facebook ad campaign that sends traffic to a strong content asset on your site
- Cold-calling five good prospects (not a good fit for me, but it is…