First of all I love Gary Vee. I happen to think he is obnoxious, so much so I had to unfollow him on Snapchat immediately after following him – but i love him. I think he has a lot of great content and information to share which can apply to many aspects of your life. He is also a marketing genius, super inspirational person to follow (YouTube).
The question Gary Vee answered in this video below is “What 3 questions do you most commonly ask your clients when meeting them for the first time?”
Obviously as this question applies to a client base, Gary Vee has a great answer, however, the additional realization I had when watching this video was that Vee’s advice can also apply to your relationships (dating), which Gary Vee pulls in at the end and also in your job, with your day to day clients, or even if you are searching for your next role. Depending on your field, the three questions he asks most clients follow similar parameters to what you might be looking for in a partner or future boss.
- What is your KPI? (Key Performance Indicator) What do you want to accomplish?
- How are you judging us?
- What are your warts?
KPI as it Applies to Your Relationships
In this video, Gary Vee calls out the fact that in dating, most people harp on point 3 – the issues or warts, not the potential or more ideal qualities. I think this is a good reminder, as we can set the bar high, but no one is perfect, we all have warts, yet in a relationship, knowing those, I believe it is easier to navigate them than finding them out later and then after the fact trying to work through them. Don’t you wish on every persons dating card or profile it just would read, ” John, 33, Finance, 6’2″, Loves basketball, outdoors, healthy, wants kids, Allergic to dogs”. Checks every box except for the last. Which, let’s face it, if you know me, thats a deal breaker. Next.
KPI as it Applies to your Boss / Work
When you think of KPI in terms of a potential client, just like like a future boss or job, these questions make perfect sense. Going into any new role, there will be great potential, new people, opportunities to grow and succeed, but there will always be warts, at any job, with any boss and at any company. Don’t you think knowing these could potentially take a surprise out, or help you work towards overcoming some of those more public challenges? For example, if you ask a recruiter or client challenges of any role, or areas they believe they can perform better, these are also the same areas as a strong candidate, you will want to overcome or make stronger / better.