A couple of years ago I wrote a post about how to answer the inevitable question, what do you do.
Quite a bit has changed since then. I was freelancing in addition to working full-time with a tech startup in Toronto. I really didn’t have a clear goal on what I wanted to accomplish when introducing myself. Flash forward to 2016. I’m living here in Dubai, and though I have a full-time position, I’m interested in expanding my network. Meeting new people can be hard, especially as an introvert. I’m looking to connect with people who also work within my industry so we can bounce ideas and experiences off of each other. I also want to start producing my videos and blog posts focused on Dubai lifestyle, so I want to meet with PR reps, fellow blogger, business owners etc.
I’m led to believe that many millennials are put in a position where we need to freelance, work part-time, offer consulting, intern, telecommute and manage our personal brand (who doesn’t have a blog, Etsy shop, monetize youtube channel, or sell protein powder on Instagram these days?).
I think that’s the point that I missed in my previous post. How do you introduce yourself when you wear multiple hats and have multiple passions?
As mentioned in my previous post, figuring out your personal summary is not only important to finally get your parents to understand you (good luck with that) but also to pitch yourself to potential employers, clients, and future contacts.
Let’s stick with the original formula created by author and life coach, Danielle Laporte.
1. Accentuate your interests
“your interests or so-called hobbies are just as relevant as your income-earning status and how many stamps your passport has”
2. Give Yourself Credit
“Let people see the full scope of what you’re doing. You can be modest and powerful. Factual and engaging.”
3. Feelings Over Facts
“We’re prone to put people in categories according to their jobs: winner, loser, somewhat intriguing, or totally unrelatable,” introducing emotion into your conversation makes people feel closer to you and relate better.
Elements of a Good Elevator Pitch
You should be able to sell yourself in 30 seconds or less
Avoid using industry jargon and coming across salesy
Have a clear goal and call to action
Focus on what problems you solve rather than what you do
Cater your introduction to the person that you’re speaking to and what they can do for you
Side Hustle: Introducing Myself as a Blogger
Professional: Introducing Myself to New Clients at work
Are you a side hustler? Let me know what your hustle is, and introduce yourself below