Rebecca Page

Payback

Or, paying it forward. Or Karma. Whatever. After 10 years in business, I’m in the position of doing for others what some wonderful, generous people did for me when I was starting out – give advice.

This moment of realization happened for me quite by accident recently. I had arranged a coffee meeting with one of the many interesting people I’ve connected with on Twitter. It was to be the usual exchange of business stories and referrals. Within a few minutes, I was absorbed by both the energy of this woman, and the potential of her business concept. We brainstormed marketing ideas, I made a number of suggestions, and pulled out names and numbers of people she could connect with.

It was so much fun that I didn’t realize how much time had gone by. I had to pack up and leave so I wouldn’t be late for my next meeting. She thanked me and said “I see you as a mentor”. My initial reaction was “no, no I was just helping”. But I immediately understood that the sort of help I gave was in fact a type of mentoring. Then I clearly remembered spending time with people years ago who gave me the same kind of help. I hadn’t imagined then that it would be so much fun to provide the same support to other people. And I was filled with appreciation for having the opportunity to payback a little of what I had received when I was starting out.

That coffee date via Twitter is evolving into a friendship, and I feel fortunate to have another awesome businesswoman to talk marketing with. Check out my new friend Angele Lafond and her business ShoeBoxBeGone.

2 thoughts on “Payback

  1. Angele

    Rebecca! You’re too sweet! :) I love talking business and marketing with you as well! This whole twitter-thing: it *really* is about building a ‘world-wide’ community. Lucky for me, we live in the same town.

    I, too, am enjoying this emerging friendship. Let the awesomeness begin! :)

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