I was recently promoted within our organization to Sales Manager/ Station Manager at Jonesboro Radio Group. Yeah, thanks. It’s a great gig. But not a gig I aspired to have. I was called.
You see, I’ve been a leader since I was a kid. I was the middle child, so I learned really quickly that to get attention I had to do “something”. I had to make a good grade, make the cheerleading team, compete in a pageant, run for student government, be a part of every club imaginable in my little school.
I wanted to be the best so that I could have that shining moment of adoration from my Mom and Dad even if it was for just a minute. I’m not hating on my parents, they loved me wonderfully, but they were busy.
I was fearful of getting lost in the middle. So I overcompensated by trying to be the best. I am still highly competitive. I have always wanted to lead. I craved to have someone mentor me and motivate me and lead me to greatness. In my career that spans almost 30 years I have seen some good managers and some not so good. Some with great intentions but no follow through, some with just the biggest line of bull I’ve ever seen.
I would get so aggravated that someone could be in a position of power and not have a clue what they were doing. That’s why I hate the phrase ” Fake it till you make it”. I believe that those who work the hardest should be rewarded. I don’t believe in handholding because frankly, no one held my hand.
I was expected to do a job and I did it. If I didn’t know how, I asked questions, I studied. I sought the advice of others. I watched. I listened. I learned. But none of those things would have mattered, if I didn’t put in the time. Taking advice, asking for input is useless if you don’t put it in motion. You have to find it in you to do it for yourself. I’m the type of person who if you tell me I can’t do something, I’ll do it twice and take pictures.
I learned from a very young age, that no one was coming to save me. No one was going to make me great. No one was going to make my dreams come true but ME! I have been in a leadership role for many years in our cluster but always in the programming side of our business. After a short sabbatical in 2016, ( 78 days to be exact) I returned to Jonesboro Radio Group with a new position. Account Executive to go along with my Air Personality position.
For the first time in a very long time I was scared. Fear had all but sucked me under. That’s the funny thing, fear can take you down or it can propel you to greatness. Thankfully, the competitor in me took over. Win! Win! Win! I would look in the mirror every day and tell myself… ” you are a champion, you will master this”. Somedays I failed miserably. I took no’s to heart. But I never gave up.
I kept digging, kept making calls, kept going back. I knew in my heart our product was the best. I’d watch our radio advertising campaigns grow businesses, make other peoples dreams come true. Happy clients with successful businesses. I wanted to see my own dreams come true by helping others. In sales, your customer’s best interest is always YOUR best interest. Priorities.
One of my most prevalent mentors, Patricia Brown, former CEO of Make A Wish Midsouth once told me ” Christie, it’s all about relationships.” That was true of our work in the non- profit world and it’s true in the for- profit world. I truly believe that when two people want to do business with one another, they will find a way.
I say all of this because I am looking for someone to join my team at Jonesboro Radio Group as an Account Executive. If you have a desire to help others, grow businesses and develop an unbreakable business relationship, then I want to talk to you.
What you can expect from me is leadership. Mentorship. I WILL be someone you can count on. I will motivate you. I will push you. I will do my best to make you great. To make you and our clients successful.
If you watch this video and you don’t get fired up, then please pass on sending me your resume.
I’m looking for champions. Dedicated. Driven. Leaders. Hustlers. Go Getters. Goal Setters and Budget Busters! I want strong ethics. I want someone to challenge me, to attempt to outwork me.
Are you built different like me? Do you have proven sales experience? Then apply today. Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org