“I want to be able to unflinchingly introduce myself and what I do.”
Whoa. That word has stuck with me ever since that conversation.
I picture a superhero, cape flapping behind in the wind, loudly proclaiming “I am here to serve you!”
Except in this day and age, we’d probably just walk by with an eye roll and go back to our phones.
But articulating who you are with confidence is something we all aspire to.
And it is something that makes us all flinch!
In nine cohorts of our Future Proof course, I have yet to come to the personal statement part without people stalling.
The higher your accolades or position, the harder it is. As a recent NYT article on learning says the “obstacle to the willingness to learn is the urge to present yourself as always already informed”.
You were raised for a linear life; to explain with pride and security that you are on track or ahead of the game.
And the game has changed.
We are all dealing with acceleration of change and multiple transitions of all kinds in life. We’re living so long we’re outlasting the very linear model we thought we’d mastered!
Now you have to transcend the old game and find new ways to be brave, articulate your passion, purpose and the pains you are inspired to solve.
You have to “find your story” in a way that lets us show up on an ongoing basis for new opportunities.
Here are 3 Resources to help you navigate this new world, now and in the future:
Articulating something beyond rank and title was why my MBA students asked me to create the Personal Branding with Purpose mini-course.
With life-long practices like the life map, story log and elevator pitch, each experience you have becomes a piece of the mosaic of your life.
Change isn’t easy, but anticipating some twists and turns takes the fear out of a unique introduction rather than the temptation of sticking to old narratives that prove to be brittle and unsustainable.
What have you found to help you unflinchingly tell your story?
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