Look At Me, I Am a sponsorship

Look At Me, I Am a sponsorship

A sponsor is someone who finances or influences a particular event or venture. This is not about saying that I got my job through a sponsor, because I did – occasional job here and there, usually it was about $20-30K per year.
I work as a taxi driver, so I could cab on the weekends, and a few months ago, I got a raise of $3K per year, plus perk stuff. That got me feeling pretty happy, so I knew I could persuade some folks that I might have to raise some cash to live a more luxurious life. Besides, my job provides so much flexibility – one day, I could have driven from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and the next day is sessions in San Francisco and Los Angeles. On occasion, there are holidays where we are not going to be able to taxi and going to be out of town, in case something triggers us gone wrong.
Often during our talks, she would say things like, “I see you as the kind of guy who can fund a lot of people” or “I see you will be able to afford a lot of people,” and I was like, “what? Money? Your job pays you well, or do you also work at Google?” She said, “no, actually, I got a commission last year for something like $50K, something crazy, something I don’t really get a commission for.” Initially, it was a little weird because she was talking about a non- Orchestra commission, but when she started telling the story, my heart started pounding, and I started telling her how big a deal it was, and that was the first time she actually mentioned a commission. No one would ever mention a non- overseeing commission, the only way anyone would do that is if they are going to hold it for a long time, like five years. So, my point is, if you are looking to get your job, you have to be confident, and if you are confident, why wouldn’t you mention a non- overseeing job? It means you are independent, and you will be able to table the big money talk once you get your job.
I was on the way to mentioning my job to a potential client, but I pulled over, held my phone out, and turned it off while I turned my ear to her, said “listen to me, I am not doing you any favors by letting you talk to me, you have to listen to me. Otherwise, it would really frustrate me, and I would rather have you leave now; I really do not want to have to turn you away, but you are a really important person, and I am looking for a serious partner, but you will have to forgive me for now, I really do not want to see you every day of the week, but, I really do not want you to leave now, but, please, can we continue this conversation please?” As I said that she looked at me and I am like “ok, the commission will be a few thousand, you will not take that?” She said, “yes, your ideas are great, I love your ideas.” I just then looked at her, smiled, and she smiled at me, and she got out of the car. We talked non-stop, the rest of the trip I spent just talking about anything, anything, anything, make-believe, that never came up, because as I said earlier, if you are not paying attention to her, then it will come up.
Rule number one, make it real. There will be no playing, just sit there and listen. Most people get way too big-headed to really listen, and while they are talking, the conversation is not flowing. Look at the people around you; most people are not listening. Bob, the artist, uses only one word; the rest of the sentences are filled with Grant asking more questions.

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