Post Author: Mic Johnson
I wrote a blog post in January 2014 called “The #1 Secret To Get Real ROI From Blogging.” In that article I talk about all of the ROI that came from meeting my friend Carol Bush, who I’d never met or even heard of until May 2013, when she sent me an email with the subject line “We Need Help.”
This is a story about the power of quality relationships…which is how smart business is done, friendships are made, and AWESOME happens. Carol had been reading the Blue Gurus blog for over a year before she ever reached out to ask for help. Since then our relationship has blossomed and the “ROI” for both of us has been more than we ever could have imagined. Carol has become a brand advocate for Blue Gurus…and vice versa.
Recently Jason emailed Carol thanking her for a referral. Shortly after Carol responded back to both of us with the email below. It’s an amazing feeling when someone pours their heart and enthusiasm out in a way that is so genuine and enthusiastic that you just can’t help but smile.
I wanted to share Carol’s email with our readers. I’m hopeful that it will inspire you…to reach out to someone…to try something new…to get outside of your comfort zone…to be someone who enthusiastically helps others. If you do, and you do it consistently, you too will feel….
It has been an amazing journey since I first started stalking you guys via your blog in the fall of 2011. (How do I know that…because I first blogged about you guys in a national oncology nursing post in January 2012. You can see the mention here! That was a loooong time prior to my reaching out to Mic out of the blue for help. :)
By reading your blog, I developed my skills at blogging and built a LinkedIn profile that didn’t suck. Through the LinkedIn training & Mic’s coaching, I made my profile further suck-free…is that even a term?
Because of my relationships with you all, I have two marrvy friends (I have to count you too Jason because Mic only associates with awesome, so you are awesome by default), I met Julie…and introduced her to Sheila, who contracted her to help with communications and made her web-site not suck.
I was introduced to Shawn Kincade’s book reviews by Mic and attended the session when Alana Muller spoke…met and connected with her. I recommended Shawn’s coaching to Sheila, so did Julie…and now Sheila is a client of Shawn’s and her business is really launching to the next level. :)
I was a lazy blogger in 2014, but stepped up my game starting last quarter. I blog for another national oncology publication and began publishing those posts to LinkedIn. Within one week of my first LinkedIn post, I was contacted by a national oncology consultant, bid and secured a year-long consulting gig to support one of his projects, and he in turn connected me with a radiation oncology CEO who has a network of centers across the mountain states, and I have submitted a proposal to him this week.
Oh yes, and now people have started calling me a ‘healthcare social media influencer’ which just means I am engaged a bit earlier than most of my oncology colleagues. But, as a result, I have helped KU Cancer Center start twitter chats, have been sought out by university researchers to make presentations, and share my ‘best practices’.
I was awarded a project grant to develop and present a two-part webinar for oncology nurses on personal branding and LI. Best part of all is I will be on a 3 person panel presenting at a national oncology conference related to Digital Skills to Advance Nursing Practice. I am joining 2 people recognized as rock star nurse bloggers in the country. I can hardly believe it!
I realize this is going all over the place, but suffice to say I have gained so much personally and professionally from my connections with you…it is only right I should give back!
Longest email in the world…apologies for stressing your eyesight!
Have a great day!!! Carol B”