The Time A 40-second Audio Message Taught Me How To Be Vulnerable

The Time A 40-second Audio Message Taught Me How To Be Vulnerable
The Time A 40-second Audio Message Taught Me How To Be Vulnerable

Besides enrolling in IIN, I’m also taking a course called “A Course About Copy” which, you guessed it, is about copy writing.

I think that learning how to write compelling copy is not only valuable at work, but useful in other ways, like writing blog posts!

The primary vehicle of interaction with everyone in the course is a private Facebook group. (Private Facebook groups are a common benefit with many online courses.) This particular group called "Study Hall" is where we share our copy from the exercises. The idea is to get feedback from the other “classmates.”

Shortly after enrolling in ACAC, I tagged by Nikki Elledge Brown (the course's creator) in a post welcoming me to the group. Though she does this for every person who enrolls, when I saw myself singled out, I sort of panicked. I think I even slouched down in my chair a little!

You see, back in "real" school, I was one of those kids who sat in the back row, hoping I was never called on. The introvert in me thought it was the worst thing in the world!

And to be honest, I was already feeling intimidated by the group.

You see, 99% of the other students are entrepreneurs working on their business web sites. But that's not me. I'm not an entrepreneur, so what could I offer? Why would anyone find interest in anything I had to share?

So for a week or two I was silent. Like one of those people who never posts anything but reads everything. You know who I'm talking about. We all have *that* friend on Facebook. I read what everyone shared but there was no way I was sharing my own work. No way, Jose!

That is until I received an email with this audio message from Nikki herself!

[audio m4a=""][/audio] Wow! Out of the almost 300 students in ACAC she took the time to send me a personal message.

Now I maybe stating the obvious, but I am not one to be vulnerable. I couldn’t even make it through the Ted Talk by Brene Brown on vulnerability. To open myself up is just too scary. I mean, it took me a couple of years before I even allowed comments here on my blog!

But this 40-second message from Nikki was all it took for me to engage. Shortly after (I mean within minutes of) receiving that message I took a deep breath and posted the copy for my new About page.

Soon after that Likes started to appear with comments like,

  • “I immediately related to this.”
  • “I think its very good.”
  • “Really engaging”

One woman even took the time to wordsmith the copy which made it sound even better!

Full confession: After this I was on a natural high. I felt on top of the world!

I faced my fear of criticism and let myself be vulnerable. And in return my work was praised and I felt validated.

And while I realize that things may not always turn out this way, it felt so good to have taken that chance and put myself out there. The risk was worth the reward and motivates me to face other fears and inhibitions that I have.

Now I’m paying it forward by commenting on other people’s posts and {hopefully} offering value to them the way they offered it to me. And by doing so I’m realizing that I’m not as bad of a writer as I thought I was.

And that's the impact that taking a few seconds out of your busy schedule to reach out to someone can have.

Its powerful.

Have you ever put yourself out there and have it help you for the better?

Has someone's small gesture of kindness ever have a big impact on you?

If so, I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below! Or feel free to shoot me an email telling me all about it!

P.S. When I complete A Course About Copy I'll write a full review. But spoiler - its awesome and is a worthwhile investment!