Oh the tangled web of roads I am walking!
I set out today to ‘do some marketing’ for “GOSO” and had in mind to call all the community education departments in the KC Metro area and ‘sell’ the “GOSO” class to any and all.
This is easier said than done. I first had to come up with a list of cities off the top of my head. Then I had to find out who to talk to. Some are located through the Parks & Recreation departments, some through the school districts, still others through the city proper. Finding numbers and names is not easy.
Then I made the calls or sent emails if no number were handy. Multiple phone numbers, different names for different departments, referrals to other names and departments.
And along the way I’m thinking of new avenues…”I’m already with Truman Medical Center, but what about the other hospitals in the area?” Children’s Mercy (I’ve sent them an email), Olathe Health Center (I called and left a message), and then back to the community education departments.
Parkville has theirs through the YMCA which made me think of the YMCA as a whole – there are lots of those locations through the area! So when I called the Parkville YMCA I asked the woman for the number of the main YMCA and left a voicemail for someone there.
Part of me feels like I’m running in circles and part of me feels like I’ve run a marathon. Despite it being the Friday before Labor Day I’ve reached a ton of people and gotten some very positive responses.
Take the City of Olathe for example. Somehow I managed to reach the person in charge of classes for the city employees. She graciously gave me the contact info for the Parks & Rec side of things as well, but expressed interest in hosting my class at City Hall and wondered if a place that seated 100 would have room enough. Oh dear lord. I’ve found heaven.
A few emails exchanged and she wanted to know what kind of money I was looking for, and if the city bought the books would I give any kind of discounts. Umm, yeah, sure, I can do that! My mind’s eye is now filled with the vision of speaking before hundreds of attendees and selling so many books that I need to order reprints. Oh, heck yes!