The challenge of the first day is to write an elevator pitch.
Ugh. This is not a business blog. However, as “we all know”, your online presence is used by people to form an opinion of what you do and who you are. I have lived in the virtual world for many years, meaning, I have participated in discussion lists online for many years and I have a website where I can post whatever I choose to post. I did freelance several years ago, and then my website was a business site. Now, it is just me.
How do you say “I am me” in an elevator pitch and not sound like a fool?
Elevator pitches are supposed to be what you can manage to tell someone about yourself while traveling between a few floors in an elevator. They are “trapped” in the elevator with you for those seconds, so what can you say to explain your business to them in that short time?
If I want to “be me” in those moments, I need to be me all the time. I think about my approach to studying when I was in school (which I did not always practice). I studied and attended classes throughout the term. I couldn’t cram everything into my head the night before. Instead, I tried to get a good night’s sleep before the exam. I figured that if I was well-rested, the knowledge that had managed to settle in my brain would surface when needed, and the exam would show how much had settled.
The same with life.
If I am being myself, that will be reflected when I get into that so-called elevator. The “myself” will shine through. It may or may not be appreciated.
The problem is that I actually don’t know who that “myself” is at times. I am interested in many, many things. Perhaps I spread myself too thin across too many areas of interest. I have been called an institution, a walking encyclopedia, and so on and so forth. Saying that would sound awfully snooty. Some days, I am flattered by those descriptions. Some days, I am offended and feel like people don’t truly know me.
This blogging project is an opportunity to practice something I truly love: writing. That is partly why I am participating. When I saw this first assignment, I contemplated dropping out immediately. Instead, I think I will use it as a means to find out who that “myself” is.
In the meantime, people can cherish my silence if they are in an elevator with me. 🙂