Right place, right time, right result

I'm a firm believer in the theory that being in the right place at the right time has an awful lot to do with success in life. If you get yourself out there, make yourself known, get a good reputation, get a good network of friends and contacts, then good things will tend to happen.

They certainly won't happen if you sit at home waiting for them to come.

I've had a good example of that this week. I belong to an excellent Facebook group called The Networking Retreat, run by Stefan Thomas. I know Stef because he used to be network director of 4Networking, about which I've written extensively in past blogs. What Stef doesn't know about networking probably isn't worth knowing and I would recommend the group to anyone who wants to know more about the world of networking.

Anyway, the best way to learn about anything in the social media world is to dive in and get involved; consequently, I was in the middle of a discussion on the importance or otherwise of having a USP (Unique Selling Point) in business when someone called Josh Williams joined the discussion from Perth, Australia. It turns out that Josh does marketing services for Brad Burton, the former MD of 4Networking who now is a motivational speaker, among other things. Josh and I got chatting, I told him my story and he asked if I had ever been to one of Brad's 'Be A Better Speaker' events.

I said that I wanted to but I hadn't yet because the cost was prohibitive, given my currently limited financial means. Events moved quickly from then, e-mails flew back and forth between the UK (where it was Sunday lunchtime) and the West Coast of Australia (where it was late on Sunday evening) and as a result of it all, I will now be attending Brad's event in Birmingham this Friday. It gives me the chance to tell my story to a whole new audience and could open a lot of doors which were previously unknown to me.

I didn't have to get involved in that discussion. I didn't have to take a chance that someone I didn't know, living on the other side of the world, could potentially be useful. But I did. As Stef said in another thread on The Networking Retreat this morning: "It's what we do. We get up, we show up, we do the stuff that isn't just out of our comfort zone, but is sometimes just hard."

I'm not asking for a medal, no stroke-survivor I know thinks like that, but for stroke-survivors it's sometimes not just hard, it's nearly bloody impossible. But if I'm going to get my message about stroke-education across to people who should know about it, sometimes I'll have to do the hard stuff. I'll be up at 6am tomorrow to talk about it at 4N's Tamworth group, Brad's event will take up Friday, I'm at an event Stef is running in Warwickshire next Thursday, I'm speaking at 4N Leicester on Friday August 5 and at events in Worcester and Leamington the following week.

It will take a toll and I know I am going to have to take extensive rest periods to give my brain time to recover. But if I'm to be in the right place at the right time, I've got to be out there, haven't I?