Optimists make themselves an easy target for luck to find”- Scott Adams. Creator of Dilbert and author of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.
Support Your Climbing Community
Buy From Them
Write About Them
Make a Video About Them
Leave a Comment on Their Website
Being an entrepreneur is hard work. Starting your own business can be nerve wracking and scary. Letting people read what you write can be intimidating. And then, the financial aspect can be rough, too. However, entrepreneurs know that all that stress and hardship is worth the effort. The freedom and fulfillment on the other side is like no other.
I get it: Every one who starts a business has an idea to change the world, do something they love, or just get out of a job they hate. And sure, there are many other reasons…
…but one thing is clear: none of us will be successful without support, without customers, or without fans.
So, how do we support each other in a concrete manner? How do you support your climbing community? Is it possible that we can help someone make it, get famous, make that important connection, become viral, or just pay next month’s bills? Can we create luck?
Here are five of the best ways to support your Climbing Community.
1. Buy From Them
This is the big one. This may be the only important point of this article. If you think someone has a cool or worthwhile product or service; spend your money with them. If you can’t spend your money because it just isn’t something that you want or need, then keep reading – there are more ways to lend your support.
I like to use the phrase “I vote with my dollars.” If you like a product or service, shop there. If you don’t, then don’t. It really is that simple. I enjoy Backpacker Pucks, so I buy them. I think the guys and gals at Moosejaw are great people, so I buy from them. ClimbOn is an excellent product and an excellent company; I’ve bought from them for about 10 years.
2. Write About Them
The best thing about the internet is that it gives everyone a voice. The worst thing about the internet is that it gives everyone a voice.
Here is what is interesting: both positive and negative feedback, comments, posts, shares, etc. aid in SEO [search engine optimization]. So whatever feedback you leave will benefit that business owner or entrepreneur.
Most of you have something to say, so why not say it. There are enough really cool businesses, products, ideas, and people in each climbing and outdoor community that you should never run out of things to write about.
And this is the most important part of this section: leaving both positive and negative feed back helps your community. Excellent business people know how to take criticism and weigh how important it may be.
I wrote an article titled “Climbskin Review Their Label is Stupid.” As a consumer, I did not like that their ingredients list on their website was different from their ingredients list on the actual product.
[Insight into how I write: I choose to write a “negative” article to practice writing in that manner. It was clear to me that, with ClimbSkin being so new, that they hadn’t caught up with all the moving parts of launching a product. And when I received this email from Keah Kalantari, one of the Friction Labs founders, it gave me even more respect for Kevin Brown and Keah and his team.]
Here is how an excellent company responds to “negative” criticism:
“Incredible timing with that Climbskin piece. We originally got the web copy from Climbskin directly so we copied and pasted onto our site. A couple of days ago we got a question about the ingredients from another customer, so we asked Climbskin, and yesterday they clarified that the full list of ingredients is what’s on the bottom of the bottle. Obviously it’s updated on the site now. Thanks for the kick in the butt! – Keah
What is always a pleasant surprise is those excellent individuals who know how to take criticism and weigh it. (I am referring to you, Keah Kalantari.) Who knows – it might make them or their company even better.
3. Make a Video About Them
With Youtube, Instagram, Vine, and others; you are able to leave instant feedback for the companies that you want to support. You might even go viral and become famous! Or you might just help your friend pay his or her bills that month.
Hobo Hammocks has the biggest heart in the hammock space; so I write about them AND make videos about them. Hobo Hammocks is a company that is worth writing about.
4. Leave a Comment on Their Website
I am tired of seeing other climber’s poop and toilet paper because they don’t know how to dig a cathole or they are too lazy to do so. If that is you; you are a sick, disgusting animal.
Anyway, I made a video challenging the idea that 6 inches is TOO SHALLOW for a cathole. My theory is that your cathole should be 10 to 12 inches deep. I don’t claim to be an expert, I was offering my opinion to begin a conversation. (I also thought it was hilarious to use sidewalk chalk as the substitute for doodie.)
In a future article, I will break down this comment I received from Ben Lawhon, who is the Education Director at Leave No Trace. Anyway, this is how a pro leaves constructive comments:
5. Support them through Social Media
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Most of us are already connected through multiple social media platforms. All I ask is that you direct some of your energies to support your climbing community by liking, sharing, thumbs-upping and all those other cool methods of support that these social media platforms allow.
Keep in mind that there exists a learning curve for both the business side and the consumer side of social media. I just started using Instagram and I had to ask others how to use it. So if you flub it up a bit, it really doesn’t matter.
Here’s a quick video that shows you how to share worthwhile articles, stories, art, and photos on Facebook:
Learn a whole lot more about awesome people who are in THE Climbing Community in HCRBeta’s Interviews Category
Jason Clements is the founder of and writer for HCRBeta, Hike Climb Relax: How to… Jason has served as the President of the Kansas City Climbing Club where he grew the club from 100 members to 1000 members. He lives in Shawnee, Kansas and also runs the cell phone recycling company, Cells for Cells, which recycles cell phones to raise money for families battling cancer.
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