My husband says that I’m a graceful skier which is funny because I often feel like a mess. I suppose he can’t see the thought bubble over my head that is often saying, “Yikes!” or “Oops!” or “how did I get myself on this steep slope?”
Sometimes we look good on the outside even though we feel like a disaster on the inside.
I was on a panel recently, where one of the speakers confessed to how nervous she felt. Up until that moment, she seemed just as confident as the rest of us.
This inside versus outside dynamic happens for organizations too. A staff team can quickly produce a good but imperfect product, but for members who are experiencing it for the first time, it looks great. Many times, though, the worry about not being polished enough stops associations in their tracks.
Right now, no one is expecting everything to be perfect. Members would rather have solutions to their problems now than wait months for those solutions even if the delivery is a little wonky. This is your chance to experiment. While we can see the bumps and warts, our fast solutions might look perfectly polished to our members.