018: Taking the time to understand others with Amy Anderson
About Amy Anderson
Amy Anderson is the creator of Transformative Writing for Non-Writers, founder of Anderson Content Consulting LLC, and former senior editor of SUCCESS magazine. She's an Emmy Award-winning writer, writing coach, and speaker who has worked with clients like John Addison, Todd Duncan, John Assaraf, and Darren Hardy, as well as companies like Advisors Excel, Ryan, and Dell. Today, Amy has turned her years of experience toward helping experts, coaches, and consultants discover their authentic voice and write with confidence so they can build connection, inspire action, and change lives.
Why did you choose to share your personal story with the world?
· “Well, the first reason is they asked me and when Success Magazine asks you to share your story, you don’t say no. It was a surprise because I usually write about other people’s stories.”
Do you encourage others to share their own stories now?
· “I absolutely do, we all need to relate! And even if you’re a business owner who thinks their personal stories don’t relate, it doesn’t have to be a personal story. Every business owner has a story of failure, or loss, or just a massive mistake or judgement and if we can muster the courage to share them it proves we have the courage to take them and improve them.”
How can listeners improve their communication to their following and their network?
· “Find your strength, if writing isn’t your strong point, focus on what is. Maybe you’re a great speaker or maybe you can walk into a room of people and tell the perfect joke every time, leverage that.”
Share with us one of your best networking stories
· “I was freelance writing and I went to a networking event for a client of mine who was launching a magazine and there’s this room full of people that I don’t know. Back then, I was utterly terrified and I didn’t have a clue how to get into these groups. I changed my mindset at that event to thinking like I was interviewing everyone at the event for a publication and it changed the entire way I attended these events.”
How do you stay in front of your network or community?
· “I use social media a lot, mainly Facebook and Twitter. For people who are potential prospects or audiences for me, I like to consistently send them encouragement and positivity.”
What advice do you have for business professionals looking to grow their networks?
· “I would say that obviously social is a big one, but I’m still a really big fan of in-person networking. When I was first freelancing, I went to a lot of meetups because I didn’t have the courage to go to the big professional organization events.”
Digital networking or traditional networking?
· “I think that for getting out in front of the people that I want to serve, social media is definitely how I’m doing that now. However, in-person events are how I create peer or partner relationships, I love conferences and traditional events like that.”
If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?
· “Be yourself, and smile. If you can just show up as who you truly are, and then smile your way through your days. You will find friends and allies who will help you through your days.”
Who would you love to connect with and do you think you could do it within 6 degrees?
· “I’m privileged to know a lot of people and I know I’m within 1 degree of separation between a lot of people that I really want to meet however, I’m learning from them already. Where I am in my career and personal development is, I want to be really good at being me. I want to find that person that I don’t know yet that’s able to help me, be me in a new expansive, bigger, broader way.”
What book are you reading right now?
· “I’m reading this book called, ‘The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion’ by Elle Luna. Now, I know what my passion is but a friend of mine recommended it and I’m so glad I decided to order it and I’m so glad I have.”
Any final words of advice for our listeners?
· “Your network doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. It would be great if you knew Darin Hardy, he’s wonderful but it isn’t essential for your success to incorporate him into your network. Find the people that inspire you to be your best self!”
You can get in contact with Amy at:
Email her at Amy@AmyKAnderson.com and let her know what book you’re reading or who you would like to meet!