Leadership Training: Be a Boss and Hire Somebody
It’s hilarious, in part because there is no explanation of why or how George produced it. Presumably just to amuse himself, but where did he create it? Is he a musician? And how does he have access to recording equipment? It’s funny because it’s hard to imagine anyone actually doing such a thing.
I had never considered leadership as a skill to be developed. I assumed it is something one is either born with or isn’t. But Ferriss disagrees, and so he suggests hiring someone— anyone— through a service like Elance or Your Man in India. Have them manage your finances, he says, or book flights and restaurants, and take care of errands for you. Sure, it’s not really necessary. Your time isn’t that valuale, right? But it’s fun. And it’s a chance to practice leadership.
I started by subbing out a few research tasks done through oDesk, but I knew I wasn’t quite ready to hire a long-term assistant. I don’t take regular flights or eat out a lot, I cook and clean my own house, etc. It just seemed like more trouble than it was worth. I found it difficult to identify good things to outsource that fit my budget and my lifestyle.
But when I saw that episode of Seinfeld, I had an idea— I would hire someone to sing a voicemail for me. Perfect! It appeals to my sense of humor, it’s a little goofy, a little playful. Just funny enough to keep me engaged.
I went to Fiverr to find people offering music. There are LOTS of musicians who make jingles and personalized theme music in a huge variety of styles. I picked a guy to sing reggae because his video ad was fantastic and he had a ton of positive reviews. My instructions were direct and clear, but also gave him some creative freedom. I linked to the Seinfeld episode so he could see what I was shooting for, and I suggested two versions of lyrics that I suggested.
I want you to record a voicemail greeting for me. If you’re a fan of Seinfeld, you’ll know what I’m shooting for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg-TqEFYcfM
If not that’s OK too. Just record a voicemail greeting in your own style. It’s supposed to be a little bit funny. I’m extremely flexible— I don’t really care what you do for a track, melody, or lyrics, but my requirements are:
And that’s it. One week and $5 later, this is what I got:http://yourlisten.com/sctthghs/reggae-voicemail