Planning a grand opening is not something I'm familiar with. Rushing to prepare invitations, I missed how the wording had a really negative feel until the morning after sending the invite on Facebook. I awoke with a intense feeling of dread.
I have many regrets...
Regret is the intelligent decision to do differently, so instead of spinning a tale in my head about how people would see me as insensitive, I called a friend and advisor Craig for some advice. He was really generous to come by, and we soon came up with some ideas on how to rework what had been done. Now, after three revisions, I still could have improved the punctuation, but more important, we're moving forwards.
Want to know what we meant to convey?
Our intent was to have the front convey this idea of the Silverdome being an majestic building, possibly playing off a football stadium by that name. Certainly this building is a major event in our evolution as a social enterprise, yet it was important to comment on our outward appearance.
Want to know about my disdain for Quonset huts?
Quonset huts are often built for economy, speed, a quick fix for storing a combine; there's a reason they're not popular; they're very limited function. You're not going to put windows and doors in the side walls. The Quonset huts I grew up around were damp, dark, dirty, disorganized, and only had gravel floors. Our Quonset hut is the nicest I've seen, and it's a great start for us. Being here has really helped us examine how to adapt to an odd space, hopefully the innovations we bring are helpful to others.
Finally, here's the intendedpunchline...
'Visit the majestic SilverDome! (statement), our business analyst said it looks like a potato barn... (contrast), we hope you come to see that cultivating a vision is an inside job first (clever hook).
Inside job first has a special meaning...
It's not just about having a lot of machines in a building, that's the first thing everyone says; 'You've got a lot of machines in here...', it's really about how we all have a unique inner vision, and our first challenge is getting clear on the inside, then it will come to being on the outside, and others will see it too.
How will I atone for my negativity?
It's good to say it, that if I ever rub someone the wrong way, that I'd do whatever is in my power to make things right. That doesn't mean I pay people off, it means I take an action that shows anyone affected that I care, that I undo physical damage, and that I willingly put myself through a challenge that will so memorable that I won't have the same oversight the next time.
Does that mean I'm a people pleaser?
At times I'll say things to people that they won't want to hear if that's my role, some things are unethical to fix if they may injure innocent bystanders. If someone joins with the intention to learn, we're going to have conflicts, learning is tough. What I will offer is to have advisors who can be intermediaries when necessary, that I develop the self-honesty that's necessary to be truly supportive.
One thing I noticed when handing out invitations...
Despite my best intentions, there were a couple of times that I felt really guarded, and I imagine I came across as small and desperate for validation. Entrepreneurship will be like that at times, as much as I could feel sick about it, it's showing me I'm living life to the fullest. By reaching beyond my comfort zone, that will make me a good match for others who see that value.
Grand Opening Details;5:30 ribbon cutting, if you can't make it, or if crowds aren't your thing, we'll be here 10-10! 7 Fleet St, Sackville, NB. We'll have Door Prizes, Free Food, Coffee & Tea, a contest to win 8 hours of shop labour, plus a business card draw for free consulting.
Thanks for reading, it means a lot to be able to give people a window in to what I think and feel, I look forward to returning the favour!