It seems that everyone wants their few minutes of fame, the Warholian Effect, if you will. Sometimes, that 15 minutes expands into the horizon.
Many years ago, Cheryl Richardson was trying to become a coach and speaker, and asked to follow me around a bit to learn consulting and marketing techniques. In return, since she couldn’t afford to pay me (pre-Mentor Program) she agreed to appear in some of my publicity shots. She was concerned about having zero coaching experience, no college education, being a young woman, and so forth. She was a quick and gracious learner.
You see her in the accompanying photo, with another of my colleagues from those days (I’m guessing the early 90s) in a shot from my corporate brochure. I still have her and others’ business cards with their names and my company, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., so that they could be properly introduced to clients.
Cheryl diligently worked her way and networked her skills, founding a coaching magazine (which I think named her “coach of the year”!), and winding up on no less than Oprah, who took a liking to her and where, like Phil McGraw, she was able to gain tremendous air time. I’ve lost track of her since seeing her by accident on Oprah, but I’m told she has her own show on the Oxygen Network, if I have that right, and has a slew of books on Amazon.com.
You never know.
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