In the past year, I’ve learned a lot about pitching, more specifically about pitching article topics to various websites. While I still find the process one of the most frustrating when I’m just lacking any new ideas, it has become a whole heck of a lot easier, which is great considering it is part of the way I make some money.
But, even with all of this experience, I still have trouble pitching to one person in particular: Pat.
When it comes to travel, Pat and I are very different souls. I prefer to pick a destination and book a ticket within a half hour of getting the idea in my head, keeping things open-ended and worrying about the details later. Pat, on the other hand, is a very tough cookie to deal with when it comes to the simplest task of booking a trip… for the following year. You should have seen how hard it was just to book the trip to the USA!
He likes time-frames and exact dates, which is fine and dandy… and very much like his personality test says he should be. But, we’re just so different, and it makes it extremely hard to pitch future big trips to the person I want to travel with the most.
I know I probably give him stress with my gallivanting ideas that are constantly spewing out of my mouth. Just on Sunday, I tossed out the topics of the Trans-Siberian train, living in Kyrgyzstan for a few months, taking the Caspian Sea ferry from the Caucasus to Central Asia AND riding a freighter ship for a month as it takes us from Australia to the USA. Oh, boy. Yes, not only do I flood his thoughts with lots of open-ended travel ideas… I also throw out some of the craziest travel ideas in the process.
Over coffee, while lying in bed, as we eat lunch: I’m pitching my ideas to Patrick.
One of these days, I’ll get it right. At least, I hope so.