If you’ve been thinking about doing something, but continue to put it off, read this book. If it doesn’t give you the kick up the arse you’ve been needing I take full responsibility for wasting your time.
The book can be found here for anyone that wants to buy.
Show your work is a short, easy to read book with some big ideas and cool illustrations.
The whole book is based on the premise of being creative and sharing your knowledge to make you findable. Any popular self help books or podcasts you’ve listened to, people only got to where they are because they more than likely shared their experiences or work, so you should do the same. It’s the opposite of networking, instead of networking, take advantage of your network.
Opening up about the work you’re doing privately also allows you the opportunity to attract and connect with people who share similar interests to you.
Kleon shares 10 themes of how to show your work and I’m going to quickly touch on my favourites.
- You don’t have to be a genius – people often find it easier to learn from an amateur. If you’re sharing what you’re learning at the time you’re learning it, it makes it more relatable for the person you’re sharing it with. You’ll have faced the obstacles they’re currently trying to overcome more recently, so be more likely to be able to share the tools and methods to help them to overcome the problem – compared to an expert that will have faced the problem years ago and find it unrelatable and harder to offer solutions. Or offer solutions that are too complex for a new learner.
- Share the process – If you share the process of the journey you’re on it gives people more opportunity to build a connection with you and become invested in the process.
- Share something small everyday – it is better to share lots of small things frequently rather than big things infrequently. If you share something once a day, that will end up being much bigger than one chunkier piece of work. The things you share don’t need to be ground-breaking but as long as they can add value in some way (the adding value is important, you don’t want to spam people)
- Open up your curiosities – don’t be a hoarder, share about things you’re interested in and that influencer you. Your influences are important as they say a lot about who you are.
- Stick around – self explanatory. Keep on showing up
He also has a blog, found here. (This was another point in his book, make sure you give credit where credit is due).
Thanks for reading, Chloe x