In this “always on” age where everyone and their grandmother seems to be spouting online, I was reminded that a wide gulf actually exists between “seems” and reality.
I got a wakeup call about this on, of all places, a ski chair lift.
No, I didn’t get whacked in the head by the lift (though, by the way, some of the folks supposedly manning the chairs at this Connecticut ski mountain let them swing by...it’s a wonder…but that’s another story).
I shared a chair this past weekend with a friendly woman, who was actually on volunteer duty.
She was shepherding two teenage girls, part of a coed Boy Scouts of America program called Venturing that’s open to teenagers.
All of which was news to me.
How many of you knew the Boy Scouts was now consorting with the opposite sex?
Venturing Episode One: What is Venturing?
Let’s continue with this discussion of “Boy Scouts and the Girls - A Missed Opportunity,” shall we?
My chairmate told me the coed Venturing program was a “best kept secret” and not to feel bad that I had never heard of it.
“Most people don’t know about it,” she said.
Apparently, that’s not only the case in Connecticut.
I looked up the program online and came across the same sentiments voiced by a Colorado Boy Scout executive.
Now my point in mentioning this, is not to fault the Boy Scouts for their marketingof the program.
I have no idea what they are - or are not doing.
My concern is that at least my chairmate and this Colorado scouting executive were given no incentive to promote the program in their respective necks of the woods.
Now it may be that the Boy Scouts is so centralized that no one can raise even a tiny finger of action without first getting the headquarters’ nod.
If so, psshaw.
And, if not, why doesn’t the Boy Scouts realize that all its volunteers are potential spokespeople for this program?
Why aren’t they encouraging them to promote the program?
Now you have an idea why this article is titled “Boy Scouts and the Girls - A Missed Opportunity.”
In my book, the Boy Scouts are missing an opportunity.
Or, as Diane Schwartz, the vice president and publisher of PR News, puts it:
There are now thousands if not millions of spokespeople for your brand.- Diane Schwartz
Which brings me to any businesslarge and small - including yours, or that of the firm you work for.
We’re all in Schwartz’ words ambassadors for our brand.
That means, you, me, all of us no matter what your job is. If you’re employed, you’re on some level a brand ambassador.
And, if you’re working at a very small company, even a company of one, this is even more important.
Any time you meet someone, remember this: You are a spokesperson for your brand.
Now this doesn’t mean doing an instant commercial for yourself and your company.
It doesn’t mean being obnoxious and impolite and doing everything your mom told you not to do.
But if you have the chance and your audience is receptive, don’t be afraid to softly toot your firms’ horn.
And don’t forget to encourage the “tootee” to also “toot.”
You may be surprised how much you’ll learn. It could very well land your businessor a business partner.
As the Boy Scouts’ motto goes: “Be prepared.”
I’d like to hear from you.
What do you think? What can you say about “Boy Scouts and the Girls - A Missed Opportunity?”