Captain’s log, stardate 20180731
Someone for something
Sent by Jonathan Stark on July 31st, 2018
Think back to the last time you were looking to hire someone to do something for you.
For me, the recent list includes:
- Someone to remove a half-dead skunk from under my kitchen window
- Someone to fix the hose spigot on the front of my house that I can’t quite shut all the way off
- Someone to watch my neurotic mostly deaf 13yo dog while we go away for an entire week
- And of course, as always, someone to get the freaking squirrels out of my freaking garage
Maybe for you, the recent list includes one of the following:
- Someone to book you on podcasts
- Someone to detail your car
- Someone to DJ your wedding reception
- Someone to cater your corporate training event
- Someone to speak at your annual customer appreciation event
- Someone to format your monthly email newsletter
- Someone to coordinate your book launch
- Someone to negotiate your job offer
- Someone to jailbreak your iPhone
- Someone to host your annual retreat
- Someone to repoint the bricks in your fireplace
- Someone to block your hand-knit sweater
- Someone to repair your antique wristwatch
- Someone to restore your vintage trail bike
I could go on forever listing services that somebody would gladly pay for... I only do so now in an attempt to trigger your memory.
You have almost certainly looked for someone to do something for you in the recent past. Yes?
Okay... Do you have something in mind?
Now... Please hit reply and answer the following:
- What did you need accomplished and why?
- How did you go about finding someone to fulfill your need?
- What, if anything, did you notice about the procurement process that took you by surprise?
- What was your reasoning for choosing the provider who you ultimately hired?
Thanks in advance!
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