Yes, an in the LOO moment and it’s not that loo either.
I was given an assignment this past week to ask people I know to tell me what I do. This is a great exercise and can yield some great responses. Some of my more clever friends got cute with their responses. I got some “duhs” and then I went for a session with my healer/massage therapist/Reiki master/energy restorative friend, Jackie.
I asked her her what I do – she gave me a “duh” reply and kept working on my sore spots. Then she said ” you seize opportunities”. I was puzzled at first but then she said “you don’t create opportunities as much as you seize them and act on them” .
I laid on her table and thought about this. I have been thinking about this for 24 hours. I traveled back in time and thought about it and realized that I am always on high alert for seizing the opportunity. It’s a skill. It might also be a talent. It can be learned – you can do it too.
First of all you have to listen to people. Just like SEO and keywords go together you have to have LOO (not that loo either or in that loo). LOO stands for Listening Opportunities Optimization. I can hone in on several conversations at the same time and I listen for keywords in those conversations. Maybe it is a talent of sorts and maybe it’s because I have ADD and my senses bounce around a lot – whatever it is, my ears are almost always in LOO mode.
Next comes getting yourself into the LOO conversation because in order to be in control of seizing the opportunity you have to jump on it and ask for it. Remember being in school madly waving your hand in the air shouting ” me, me, me?” Well you need to be able in a very short period of time, to ask for the opportunity.
Some opportunities come with time periods. If you have to fill out a form and mail or email it somewhere you have time (and competition).
Way back when big hair was in style (yes I know in some places it never went out of style) I saw on TV that The Wheel of Fortune was holding live auditions where I lived. I had to write in my reasons for wanting a spot at the auditions and wait to hear if I was accepted. I was accepted for the audition but now I had to figure out what would make me stand out. What did I do? I watched every show I could and listened to what the chosen contestants said when they were introduced.
When it was my turn to introduce myself I clearly said I was the married, had 3 children and that I was a nurse in the ER of our county hospital. Sure enough I heard other contestants mutter “she’ll get picked, they always pick nurses”. I did get picked – they were right. At that time they picked teachers, nurses and flight attendants. I had used my LOO!
There many perfect LOO moments. I was sitting at a table waiting for a class to start at a conference and this lovely woman was walking my way. She is a red-head (like me) and she was wearing a bright sunshine yellow dress. As she got closer I told her how stunning she looked in that dress.
She stopped to thank me, I did not know her from Adam. We started talking and one thing lead to another thing and before long I was blowing off the class I intended to take and heading to her discussion on women in film.
We started to walk together and we were joined by two more women, one was her manager and the other her director and they started to talk about an award show that was happening the next evening. She introduced us and told everyone I was a podcaster. It seemed the issue at hand was that someone had backed out of doing interviews from the red carpet. Big LOO moment and I seized the opportunity.
I just asked – I asked to be on the red carpet to do the interviews. And they said yes. I solved a problem for them. LOO moments often are about a situation/issue/problem.
It helps to be bold but if you don’t ask, the answer is always no right?