By Jennifer Hanscom
There’s a lot of unease, worry, and fear surrounding the world pandemic of Covid 19. What can you do to serve your community as a business leader?
You can promote a positive attitude and adapt your strengths and talents to provide support and help others.
As a business owner/leader, clients and your community at large look to you for cues on how to react and conduct them-selves.
It’s imperative to portray positivity and lead by example. You may be feeling like the sky is falling, but you are among the strongest of people in our society. You have proven this with the position you hold. Being a business leader is not for the faint of heart. You are strong, dynamic, and tenacious! However, you also know that it’s wise to utilize help and fortify yourself.
Jewelry can serve as a tangible reminder, helping you maintain a connection with your source of empowerment…
Think about the old method of tying a string around your finger as a reminder to do something. You can utilize this concept in a more discreet fashion by associating a favorite piece of jewelry to a positive thought pattern that may be elusive for you in this current climate. This way, as you navigate throughout your day, whenever you feel ill at ease, you can touch that piece of jewelry to re-connect with a mindset which directs your thoughts to a more positive or strengthening pattern.
You may be wondering, what kind of thought or intention is appropriate?
The message you associate with your meaningful piece of jewelry is very much a personal choice. At times like these, it may be a feeling of connection or love for your family or friends to help avoid feeling isolated and remember why you are persevering. Perhaps you need a reminder to focus on the bright side. With many people discussing the doom and gloom, it’s easy to forget about the positives. Here in Arizona, the weather is fabulous. Flowers are blooming like crazy. We have the opportunity to catch up on rest, maybe read a book or enjoy a hobby. Think about what makes you happy, proud or fulfilled and assign that energy to your jewelry. You’ll be amazed at how helpful it can be!
Beyond having a positive attitude, your actions speak volumes…
Now is the time to evaluate your strengths and figure out how you can utilize them to contribute towards the welfare of others. Personally, I am utilizing my talents as a jewelry instructor to help provide a positive distraction. It sounds simple enough, but my expertise is working with people one on one in an intimate setting, sharing and handling each other’s tools and physically showing them how to hold pieces. With today’s social distancing, this method is no longer appropriate. So, I have created some free video tutorials for beginners to have access to a new hobby. I was careful to present a project that doesn’t require many tools but also focuses on a technique which quickly yields a skill that can make a piece of jewelry they will be thrilled to wear and proud they made. Making jewelry is like therapy, only you gain a tangible result that you can show off to friends and family. This is my way of sharing the therapeutic qualities of creating with an audience that doesn’t typically have time.
There may also be ways you can adapt for your current client base…
These free tutorials are really not appropriate for my loyal student base, as they already know this entry level skill. So I am working to implement a way to offer my more advanced classes in an online friendly format. These students own the tools required, but the question is how to help them when something has gone wrong. This is particularly tricky with an art form like jewelry making where your camera work has to be very clear and focused to convey the detail. I have settled on providing a video demonstration (pre-recorded so I have the ability to edit and show various views) along with my standard written pdf instructions, followed up with a zoom call for Q&A. I still need to test the ability to use my phone to video for the zoom call so I can show the detail of my hands and project, but I figure that it’ll be better than nothing. Fortunately I have a very loyal base of students who will be forgiving of any blips along the way, because they know that I will do everything in my power to make it a worthwhile value for them.
Innovation is key! A great positive distraction may help you adapt…
Not every business can translate directly to an online platform, but you need to dig deep and use your creative genius to think outside of the standard operating procedures box. You can’t will away the pandemic, and recovery of things operating as we knew them could be a slow road. If you can’t see an alternate path at this juncture, my suggestion is to find yourself a positive distraction, like my free jewelry making tutorials *smile*. Seriously, when was the last time you played? Many adults resist trying a creative outlet because they think they won’t be good at it. Newsflash: no one starts out being good, you have to practice. You would never tell a child not to color because they aren’t creative, so why limit yourself? When you get involved with a project that diverts your attention, you can often re-visit your situation afterwards with a fresh perspective. We all need to take care of ourselves on a personal level throughout this unprecedented time because we are all experiencing an extra heavy load of stress. You won’t be able to serve anyone else if you don’t care for yourself first.
I plan to persevere and journey through this uncharted territory and I am going to come out the other side stronger than ever. I want the same for you. We are all in this together and we are fortunate to have a network of business leaders and coaches to help encourage us along the way. Take care of you and yours and don’t be afraid to reach out for support!
Jennifer Hanscom Biography:
Jennifer Hanscom is on a mission to connect you to your source of happiness and empowerment through the art form of making jewelry.
Jen has been teaching women how to “play” again for over a decade. Utilizing the platform of project-based classes, she conveys the fundamentals of forming and crafting with quality construction. Her unique approach bridges the gap between the beading enthusiast and silver-smithing techniques that require large equipment and industrial torches. By focusing her lesson plan on the use of simple hand tools and small portable equipment, she’s making the art form accessible to those who may not have dedicated space or a large budget with which to work. Visit www.jewelryclasseswithjen.com to learn more.
The path to joy through the art of jewelry is also prevalent in the collections Jen creates for sale. After surviving life-altering health issues, she was determined to utilize her talents to help others find happiness and peace in life. With the understanding that your mindset directly impacts how you experience emotions, she began to create jewelry featuring “connection to you”. Each piece embodies positive meaning and serves as a tangible reminder throughout each day. This way, when you get dressed in the morning, your jewelry not only completes your outfit, helping you display your value for quality design, it also helps remind you of the mindset you strive to maintain when the world throws you curve balls. Perspective is the key to happiness, and Jen’s jewelry not only helps you feel great about your appearance, it empowers you to excel in life.
You can find Jen’s collections online at www.jenniferhanscom.com. She’s won multiple awards for her work including being a finalist in the prestigious Saul Bell competition and ribbons from various art shows in Arizona. You can find her original guitar necklace published in Lark Book’s Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and she is a contributor for the upcoming book 1Habit for Creative Professionals: The Top Habits from the Happiest Achieving Creative Professionals on the Planet due to be published in late 2020.