DIY Requires Selling


Do it yourselfers are always being tested.

Family, friends, business associates, and strangers are always predictably uncomfortable buying into tackling some new, unknown, and untested DIY home improvement project or repairing something that you’ve never taken apart before.  How many times have you seen that goofy inept “man of the house” fixing the kitchen plumbing?  Or, how about the resident genius kid that hacks the lawn mower together with his radio controlled RC car and then promptly destroys every plant that was standing in the front yard.  A lot of times, the stereotype is appropriate.

Well, those are extreme examples.  The point is that people are skeptical of somebody that has the confidence to DIY.

Since you are reading this blog, you are not inept and clueless, you are a real DIYer.

Don’t worry, after a few years of fearless accomplishment, you’ll start to get some respect.  Perhaps, after a couple of decades, nobody will bat an eye when you say “how hard can it be”.

In the mean time, it helps to be able to sell your ideas.

This 12-step selling process, by Steve Harrison, had a lot of great down-to-Earth information on selling your ideas and schemes.  I thought it was particularly appropriate for the do-it-yourselfer.

http://www.fastcompany.com/article/if-they-feel-they-birthed-it-they-can-t-kill-it-and-11-more-ways-to-sell-ideas

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About Rob Reilly

Rob is an independent consultant, writer, and speaker, specializing in Linux/Free software, hacking of just about everything, DIY and Maker Movement, and tech media. He has a BS in Mechanical Technology from Purdue University. Contact him at doc@drtorq.com.
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