The value of just being there

070809-pechakucha-11-thumbIsn’t ‘just being there’ too passive an action to be able to be said to add value to your community in any meaningful way?

I don’t think so.

Here’s why:

The better you know your community, the better you may come to understand their needs.

The better you understand their needs, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to respond swiftly to a request, or read the signs to preempt their needs as a courtesy.

The more accurately you are able to predict your community’s needs, the more your community will come to look upon you as someone they can trust.

The more your community trusts you, the more likely they are to want to spend time with you professionally. They may even want to commission your services.

Sometimes, just being there can deliver more value than you realize.

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