When you are passionate about a certain cause and issue, you can’t be a lone wolf. You’re going to need help and support from other people. I’ve always had a knack for bringing people together for a common cause.
From my university days, I knew how to convince faculty members to take the time to speak at events for the women centre.
When I came back to Nigeria and started my forum to address gender issues, I knew how to maximize my contact list to get speakers at my events.
Even as a creative, I’ve been able to collaborate with other individuals who have much more influence than I do. Some of these individuals, I didn’t even know them personally. For example, for an Instagram live talk, I reached out to a model I saw presenting on a television program and she accepted my invitation to speak.
If you want people to support your cause or collaborate, here is how to do it.
Be Specific & Know What You Want
In order to get what you want, you have to know what you want. Don’t reach out to others unless you can provide details about your goals and what you require from them. Don’t send generic messages. No one has time for that. Let them know why it matters.
This means that in your message, you should clearly state who you are. State your goals or intention. Also, let the person on the receiving end understand what you value about them.
Be Genuinely Enthusiastic & Confident
People respond well to you when they can sense that you care. When they can feel your passion, it will also rub off them.
The way you convey your confidence and enthusiasm is through the tone of your voice and also body language. Be very mindful of this.
Don’t talk to people with a defeated mindset. Help them understand and believe why they need to connect with what you are doing. You need to be aware that if you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect others to believe in you?
Network & Maintain The Relationship
In order to generate interest for a cause and get collaboration, you have to network often. Network online and offline. Important people need to know who you are and what you stand for. Get your face in the room of where it matters. Make sure to leave a good impression by coming prepared to these events.
In addition, you need to be willing to support others. Encourage and congratulate other people in their achievements or pursuits. It makes a difference in how they choose to support you.
Stop letting Your Fears Get In The Way
Sometimes we don’t reach out and message others because we are too afraid of rejection. The worst that can happen is that someone will say no or ignore you. It’s not that terrible. It’s better to at least try. You’d be surprised who would end up saying YES and joining in on your efforts. Always get in the habit for reaching out to people.
Let Your Work Speak For Itself
In order to get people interested in your cause or collaborate, let them see that your efforts are stellar. This means that when someone Google’s you, they should like what they see.
They should be able to see that you are clearly good at what you do. It makes it easier for them to want to support you because they see your potential.