How do you describe yourself when someone asks you? This post by Jonathan Fields made me smile and explores how we label ourselves. I wonder if you’ve had that experience of a long speech in response to a gentle opening question of ‘what do you do? ‘. I remember once, I went off, made a cup of tea and the person was still going when I came back!! Some people do like to give you lots of detail about their story.
So as much as I don’t like labels, people want them and when you are in business, you have to summarise yourself very quickly. So think carefully about how you do this it may tell you a lot about yourself. Then think about how others may interpret this. Consider how you want to be seen by different people in different situations and if you are not sure, get some feedback.
People reach a conclusion about you within a minute of meeting you so those first impressions, non verbal and verbal are very important. When I’m working with performance nerves, this is a key element of how to take control in those first few moments.