This past week marked a first.
After months of putting it off, I finally launched a LinkedIn newsletter.
And it’s all because of a single question.
(Off-topic: it’s a shorter, more “snackable” version of the format you’re getting now, so don’t go all FOMO on me – if you’re reading this, you’re already getting all the good stuff. But the “Marketing Matters – Monday Edition” may be a great gateway resource for your LinkedIn connections, so if you feel like it, I’ll appreciate your shares.)
The question came during a long-winded conversation about LinkedIn content and personal branding. I was on the phone with Alex, a close friend and LinkedIn marketer, to get some advice about improving my own presence on the platform.
We discussed different options and content tactics (some of which you may very well see soon on my profile). And then, Alex ended with a banger.
It was simple. It was devious. And, above all else, it was effective.
He simply asked, “OK, so when do you start?”
He knew I was reluctant to invest more time into my own content. He knew there was a big chance I would postpone and procrastinate more. So he called me out on it.
“OK, so when do you start?”
Right then and there, I needed to make a commitment. It wasn’t so much a commitment to him as a promise to myself.
Two weeks after that question came, I’m finally doing what I was long time thinking about, but never making it a priority.
You probably have your own version of the LinkedIn newsletter. Something you know in your heart should be on your to-do list, but for whatever reason, never gets there.
So I want to ask you, “OK, so when do you start?”
If you feel like it, drop me a line, telling me the broad strokes of what to do and your target start date. I’ll make sure to check up on you. But even if you just write the date down on a piece of paper, circle it in your calendar, or whisper it in your cat’s ear, the effect will probably be the same.
The commitment matters,
💬 P.S. I really meant what I said. Tell me what’s the next thing you’re starting and when!
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