Recently I had an interesting chat with a man phoning from New York City, working for Bristol Who’s Who. I contacted the organisation via a notice about them on LinkedIn, simply to be listed as a University of Wollongong Alumni member. That was all. Maybe I’m a bit dumb, as I had not heard of them!!! Well, it’s not happening, as they basically didn’t want to do that, without me paying for an annual, five year or life time membership.
As always, when I ponder the WIIFM Principle (what’s in it for me – and them), it did not seem the right thing to do. Mostly, that principle applied to them, as it was my money that seemed to be in it for them.
Perhaps I’m naive, but in no way could I see how paying them money, was going to help me or my most recent mission in life, which is to improve the daily lives and care of people with dementia. I’d rather donate the amount of their fee to a charity like Dementia Alliance International, if I’m to spend that much money. A lovely chap indeed, but obviously with a specific membership sales pitch to sell and recruit new members, and not interested in me after I declared I was not interested in parting with my money.
I am more than happy to share this here, as some readers of this blog might want to inquire about their membership; it, if you are looking to increase how busy you are professionally, might be just the organisation for you. The fact that they sell it as a more exclusive Who’s Who in some ways detracted it for me, but it may be valuable for others. I don’t need the perceived glory of being listed with them, nor would I keep up with any more work. Like the Koala in my poem the other day, I want some time occasionally to relax!