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Fola Daniel Adelesi: Valuable Connection

Fola Daniel Adelesi

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Today I will take you through a real life situation that I experienced and want to share, so that many others can learn from. There are so many of us who want to have valuable connections in life but we are doing a few other things that will not allow those real Connections to come.

One of my contacts in the media called me to come and deliver a speech at a gathering. The speech was already prepared and I was just to read it. The team that put the meeting together had someone who could read the speech but my media contact who was a member of that team insisted I must come and read that speech ~ whatever you are doing, let people know you as the best.

Some team members objected to having an outsider, but my contact persuaded them. After a while the team agreed and said they could only offer five thousand Naira to whoever was going to do the job. Now at the time they were offering this five thousand for a job, with my experience, gift and exposure, I was not to collect anything less that fifty thousand for such jobs. Even though I was only to ‘read’ or ‘deliver’ the speech.

The first unusual thing was that I agreed to do the job, just as I had agreed to do several other jobs at almost next to nothing. A day before the event I called to confirm if the event was holding, I was told the event would hold. I set out the following morning only to realise that the team was no longer willing to pay the agreed five thousand Naira. So they decided one of their own members, who could not achieve the desired effect on the speech, was to read it.

Again, my media contact persuaded me to stay and read the speech that he would sort me. This was very important to him because the guests at the meeting were high profile guests. Things could happen if we played the scripts out well. And yes! I agreed to do it knowing that not even the five thousand was certain.

Guests arrived at the venue and event started. When it was my turn to read the long awaited speech, I carefully but confidently mounted the stage. I acknowledged the people in a local language and then proceeded to read the speech in English.

To say that the people were greatly impressed was to put it mildly. Guests would not let me rest. They all wanted my number. The lady who served the take away pack gave me double portion ~ and told someone secretly to get my number. She called while I was only my way home and was asking if I know her. How would I? But she introduced herself as the lady who gave me the take away pack ~ that clicked immediately because of her extra nice gestures.

Away from from all the other distractions of the event, I made an important connection in that meeting. The main guest of the event also took interest in me; we exchanged contact details and the rest is history. At the end of that event I ended up getting only two thousand Naira in cash but the person I met was worth far more than that to me.

Take home from this story is that many will always focus more on immediate results, satisfaction or gratification and never consider that what they need might come from the ‘unpleasant’ business offers.

Many have the attitude of ‘pay me or forget it.’ I had every right to also do that. I was already married and had bills to pay when this offer came. In fact, I had only paid half of my daughter’s school fees and needed more money to balance up. There were other serious bills that I put on hold, but all those bills are now nothing compared to that one connection.

You don’t have to go around doing free things, but sometimes the strategy can be knowing what offer to take even when it offers next to nothing; the one to reject when it offers too much; and the one to embrace when it offers just what you need.

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Fola Daniel Adelesi is a professional public speaker who also trains other speakers. He's an highly engaging training facilitator and he holds his large audience spell bound when speaking at gatherings. He's an author, business consultant and highly skilled master of ceremony with excellent poise and diction. He was on the Debaters TV reality show season 1, he presented 'You Can' on Radio Continental in 2011 and he did motivational segments on Galaxy TV from Dec 2008 to August 2009. Fola Daniel has authored 3 books including Writing Business Proposals. He currently talks about Social Media on Info.com - An ICT Show on Lagos Television. Fola Daniel trained as a communications professional, works as a business consultant and was also trained at Lagos Business School in collaboration with Google as a Digital Business Manager.

11 Comments

  1. Uju Lilian

    June 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I am in such situation now and this is the kind of motivation to make me hold on. Thank U again

  2. Adan

    June 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Nice one Fola. Wisdom is certainly greater than money!

  3. Tobitowbs

    June 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    A beautiful piece.There is soo much fuss about gossip.This is an article that should be read over and over again.Thanks Fola.I applaud you

  4. oyindee

    June 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Wisdom is profitable to direct,thank you for sharing this,it will definitely speak to someone that might be at that place right now bet Hmmmm what happened to the take away lady nah urghhhh,please do not give us incomplete gist jor….lol and yes I noticed that you mentioned in your article that you were married at the time,I know I know,i was just curious hehehe

  5. Tosin

    June 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    because you never know…

  6. GraceOfGod

    June 15, 2015 at 8:42 am

    @Fola Daniel Adelesi

    Good morning Sir. I just want to say a big thank you for this useful write up. I have a job to do today and my mindset before reading your beautiful write up was “pay me what I want or forget it” but I know better now and I will do the job even if they pay less because the possibilities for me to have other connections through this job are high. Have a great day Sir and may GOD bless and protect you including your family. So one love and peace!!!!!

  7. Annie Mbz

    June 15, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for this piece, its inspiring.

  8. sussy

    June 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Great article, there are more important things than money at times, nice one.

  9. Glowing Sapphire

    June 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Inspiring Piece. Thank You.

  10. naijaoptions

    June 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Brilliant post. Quite frank. A lot of people miss out on this: putting money first before value and what follows. Thank you.

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