Setting the stage is about surprising and pleasing others.
During my Gump days, my stage was the park bench. The backdrop was the Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant.
The theater was the street or walkway that the restaurant was located.
Admission was free. People just walked right up.
While the restaurants were open seven days a week, I worked on the busiest days of the week. I worked on the busiest weeks of the year. I was on stage when it mattered most. I worked to the largest audiences.
The goal was to entertain, make people smile, and plant the seed of where they would strap-on-the-feedbag next. It worked perfectly.
In this way, it was a classic case of over-delivering. Nothing was initially promised. People were surprised. A great time was delivered. Shrimp was served. A classic case of win-win. The stage was set. The audience was both surprised and pleased … and they left with full bellies.
- Set the stage
- Show up
Are you setting the stage daily?
Showing up ready to perform? … to do the work?
Do you regularly over-deliver?