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The “Worth Your Time Test” – Also a Test of Authenticity


Whether you are employed, independent, or job searching, it’s critical to understand whether or not an activity or a request is worth your time.  Per a prior discussion about the risk of social media drain on your time, any and all activities can fit into this drain category.

How do you know if something is a drain?  Do you pause to consider the value of the activity and whether or not it’s worth the trade-off of precious time you have to spend that day?  Are there other activities you could be doing that would better further your interests and satisfy your soul?

In an HBR blog, Peter Bregman suggests asking the following three questions (it’s the “Is it worth your time?” test) and included are my additional suggestions:

1. Am I the right person?

I’d add “Is this the right person?” – think of the application of this in trying to further an idea within an organization or with networking to further your business or for a job search.

2. Is this the right time?

Also, “Is this the right AMOUNT of time?” – someone may have requested an hour b/c of the default setting in Outlook, but maybe it’s really only a 15 or 30 minute topic – go ahead and suggest a reduced time for the meeting.  It also may not be enough time – better to schedule enough time to accomplish the goal of the conversation than to have to skip things or schedule a second conversation.

3. Do I have enough information?

This is an excellent question.  Just today, I requested a conversation with someone in my quest to find a company to work with on my grad school capstone project and she admitted that she’s not the right person (she doesn’t have enough information).  Even better, she suggested two people who have more information on the topic.  She exercised this question in the test beautifully!

These questions help you to say no or tweak the time-frame or the person appropriately. Once you’ve done this successfully, take the few extra minutes critical to plan for the conversation, including:

  • Always at least have a desired outcome, if not a full agenda planned.
  • Understand your personal brand and what you may need to do or say to ensure you leave a consistent impression about your brand with the people you meet.
  • Have the information you need in advance – based on the topic, what should you bring to the table?  What questions do you need to ask?  What background information should you reference prior to the conversation?

Be true to yourself and to the people with whom you interact – it’s an expression of true authenticity!

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