When You Need a Plan B

Ever get thrown for a loop? I wrote about the need to pivot in my last newsletter and blog post and guess what? My husband’s company was recently bought out. He’s been there for 12 years. Instead of a a promotion or a transfer, he just found out that he’s getting laid off in April – with no severance package.

It reminds me of that scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) was expecting a nice fat bonus and instead got a subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club! Some companies just don’t get it.

Bouncing back

My husband and I have survived plenty of layoffs and periods of unemployment. We always bounce back. Something really good generally crops up that was even better than the last job or career. I joked that I could use a roadie but I don’t think that’s what he had in mind.

What do you do when the unexpected happens? The trick is to replace panic with possibilities.

Step 1:

Connect! Whether you’re looking for a job or more gigs, or need to boost your biz or career, you need to connect with two types of people:

1) Encouragers: These are people who build you up when you’re feeling down.
2) Connectors: These are people with a large group of contacts who like to connect others to help them find what (or who) they need. How do you find them? Network! I’ve built up a large group of contacts because of networking. You’ll need some business cards, if you don’t already have them. Vistaprint has good deals with a fast turnaround.

Step 2:

Keep your options open! The biggest stumbling block I saw when I taught and coached job seekers and new entrepreneurs was resistance to change.

They didn’t see that losing a job isn’t the end. It could be the beginning of something new and interesting. I told them that this could be the time to finally do what they love or just use their skills in a completely different way!

Musicians, speakers, and creatives: Hint: There are avenues for bigger payouts that you may be completely overlooking.

Step 3:

Plan! This means come up with a timeline and a strategy. You also need to block off time on your calendar each week to make calls and send emails, and do online research. Make sure your social media profiles are updated and have a current (and professional) photo.

You’ll also need to revise your budget and your insurance. Yes, I’ve got people if you need help. You may need to cut back on a few things during times of transition but there are ways to do things on a shoestring. I’ve started three businesses this way.

Remember to be open to possibilities, keep the faith, and listen for what God has in store for you next. If you need any help or would like to drum for clarity and stress relief, contact me and let me know! And please keep us in your prayers. Thanks!

Have you ever needed a Plan B? How did that work out? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Dori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area and owns Rock the Next Stage and Next Stage Drumming. She’s a rockin’ speaker, drum teacher, drum therapist, and percussionist with a great bounce-back story and interactive drumming programs! She’s also the best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula and has another book on the way. To book Dori or request more info, click here. If you’d like to receive Dori’s newsletter and a free gift, click here.