Many major art world decision-makers want to develop art partnerships with talented artists who also have strong relationship skills. As your art coach and mentor I encourage you to grow your art career relationships with as much fervor as you use in creating your artwork.
I am also the granddaughter of a farmer, who taught me the strong values and sound principles he lived by. He is the inspiration behind this article and the metaphors I use: Plant (plant the seeds of relationships in fertile soil); Farm (cultivate your relationships) and Feed (nourish your relationships).
In our busy world of social networking, advances in technology, and a plethora of apps, downloads, and alternative art marketing strategies we may have forgotten about the basic human needs — to slow down and connect with one another.
A Good “Planter” Seeks Fertile Soil to Grow Allies
- A good “planter” knows that the seeds for potential art business relationships are everywhere.
- They are interested in developing new contacts wherever they go.
- A good planter establishes relationships from a perspective of mutual benefits.
- They know the best location where the the seeds of relationships need to be planted.
- They know that kindred spirits can attain more together than they can accomplish on their alone.
- They probably belong to one or more groups and are usually active participants in them.
- They have a positive sunny personality that attracts friendships and alliances.
A Good “Farmer” Trusts Human Nature
- A good “farmer” knows how to cultivate art business relationships, the way a good farmer trusts nature.
- This individual is a good listener, accepts other people’s differences in opinions, and is non-judgmental.
- They are able to interact with different types of people.
- They keep an open mind and embrace change — knowing good relationships endure through sunny and stormy weather.
- They know, like good farmers who are in tune with the natural flow of the universe, patience is a virtue.
- In social media, they probably retweet, “like”, post and comment often because they love to share.
A Good “Feeder” Nurtures Their Relationships
- A good “feeder” invests time and effort in sharing and nurturing relationships with a spirit of generosity.
- They know how to sustain healthy relationships and avoid conflict.
- They follow up and respond to phone calls and emails quickly.
- They communicate easily and strive to avoid misunderstandings.
- When they notice someone has a problem they seek ways to help.
- They perform random acts of kindness and provide more than what is expected.
- They are always willing to share knowledge, opportunities and praise.
- They respect other people’s boundaries and honor their time.
Plant a seed now!
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