How YOU Can Make a Difference (and get lots of attention)

As we discussed before, I love attention, and you’d be lying to yourself if you didn’t feel the same; everybody loves attention!!!! So now it’s your turn to make some magic happen….hope you’re ready, Dyva – let’s get things poppin!

Step 1: Figure out where exactly you’re going to spread your glitter.

With almost everything I do, I first start by making a mind-map; It not only helps me come up with new and exciting ideas, but it helps me to build cohesive connections within those ideas. Start with your central idea in the center, whatever you decide your overall goal is going to be. From there, branch off into immediately-related ideas all around your original goal, you can then create sub-branches from those ideas as you brainstorm further and further away from the core (those are often the most interesting ideas to pursue).

Even if you aren’t sure where you want to eventually direct your attention, sometimes it helps to just clear your head through a free-write session to see what’s lurking up there in that noggin of yours. Surprises may await you

You may find that by building this visual aid that you are better equipped to follow it through with real success. You know what they say? People who visualize themselves successfully, have a better chance at actually becoming successful. So grab your lipstick Dyva, it’s time to shine.

Step 2: Who—Where—When—Why—HOW??????

(Your mind-map should have already led you to your WHAT)

 So once you’ve set your sights on a specific goal, it’s time to make a realistic list of “to-do”s before this crazy adventure can begin. No wasting glitter allowed, be VERY specific. (Let’s make this crystal clear up front, you can’t do this alone, so grab some of your nearest and dearest and lets get this philanthropic escapade started!)

You’ve got to decide what YOUR intentions are? Yes, you’re doing something to give back to the community, but what experience are you hoping to walk away with? In the case of Search For A Cure Beats On, I was looking to build my name and experience as a young choreographer, and because I was doing philanthropic work, I was lucky to have the ability to work with dancers that I may not have otherwise had the chance (fancy little perk, huh?). This was my ‘WHY’.

By now you’ve also figured out what it is you’re going to contribute to, a charity a school…etc. This will be your ‘WHO’. Time to build contacts with those people, this helps with promoting –if you’ve got the support of a known business next to your not-so-known name, people will be more inclined to listen and contribute to your cause. Now that you’ve got the ‘Who’, ‘What’ and ‘Why’, it’s time to fill in the rest of the “deets”: ‘Where’ and ‘How’ (these are the hardest questions to answer).

 Step 3: Build a timeline.

Be realistic about setting a timeline…and then stick to it! What needs to be done and how long will it actually take? …and then just…

 Step 4: Make it WORQUE.

My advice from here is to use your connections and have no shame. Call anybody and everybody you can think of that may be able to help your cause, and be audacious! — Ask lots and lots of questions, and most importantly, FOLLOW UP with everyone! People have a harder time saying “no” to your face than they do over the phone; so make your Britney playlist and hit the road, it’s time to get some financial backup!!!

With Yabby the night before SEARCH

(Be prepared to front some money –keep in mind that it takes money to make money; but when the final curtain closes, you should be close, if not fully reimbursed. A successful event could have sponsors to cover all of the production costs.)

I think you’ll find that once all is said and done, (aside from being so overwhelmed and tired from not sleeping or eating for months), you will have never had a more rewarding experience in your life.

Search For a Cure Beats On turned into something far greater than all of my expectations combined. While my personal interests and goals were met and that was great, it was the look on the faces of the people I was helping that was the true reward, and that and can never be replaced. I now knew that I was officially in the ring fighting alongside the warriors against this awful disease; I was making a difference and fighting for the health of so many people (few whom I actually know…and it didn’t matter). I have never, to this day, experienced ANYTHING like that night.

Not to get all ‘mo on you, but this experience really is what Dyva’s are made of. To do something so beyond yourself, regardless of your initial intent, is pretty incredible. Lets hear what some of your greatest achievements have been. Leave a comment and share your personal wealth of glitter!

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6 thoughts on “How YOU Can Make a Difference (and get lots of attention)

  1. Hey Nicole, just wanted to say that I’ve been reading every entry here and I love it! (Even though it’s not relevant to my life…)

    Glad to hear everything’s going so well for you out in NY!

    P.S. You asked for our greatest achievements… umm mine are giving the Last Lecture at my honors program college graduation ceremony, and when I was teaching elementary Spanish in Birmingham last semester and I had this 2nd grader with autism and his parapro said Spanish was the only special he could stay in for the whole class, I was one of the only people he ever talked to, and he spoke more in Spanish than he did in English 🙂

    • nichekaplan4 says:

      Hi Blaise!!

      Great to hear from you, thanks for reading!! This blog is absolutely relevant to you… PCPDC alum..hellooo!!!!

      I’m so happy to hear you followed through with the Spanish…it’s great that you’re able to make such a difference in young lives!

  2. Gloria J says:

    This is really inspiring, and funny too!! I like your approach to this event, and think that I can learn a few things from your sage advice!

  3. nichekaplan4 says:

    Yes DYVA!! Thank you for reading and sharing your glitter!

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