Art at Work: Let’s talk about talking about yourself
Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your awesome response to the little survey we did a few days ago. I am so excited about this new series!
Let’s dive right in!
Some people are just so great at talking about what they do and why they do it. They can reel people in and get everyone around them invested in their dream in mere moments. You people, go away. This post is not for you. (no, really, you can stay… just don’t laugh).
Personally, the hardest part of my job is telling a total stranger what I do. There is usually a limited amount of time, they have no clue where I’m coming from, and it just feels kind of weird. I mean, how many bloggers/artist/designers/stay-at-home-moms do you run into every day? It’s an unusual “job” and I have a hard time being clear and far too often I feel more awkward than confident. I think many, many creative people feel this same way. It is so hard to narrow down our lives and our passions into a succinct, bite-sized concept.
In order to successfully share my passion with strangers, I have to change that! My goal in talking to a new person is simply to share a tiny bit of my story. I’m not making a pitch, trying to make a sale, gain a new team member, or get a new blog follower. If it happens naturally, then great! It means they caught my vision and are also excited about it. But lose that stress! Simply get to know people and allow them to get to know you.
So, where do we start?
- Narrow down who you are into a short easy to comprehend sentence. For me, this sounds like “I’m an artist and I run an art and design website.“
- If they seem interested, go on to a one-two sentence description. “I create collages and paintings, and on my website I feature all kinds of outstanding creative projects.”
- If they’re all like “Oh wow! Tell me more!” you get to do what everyone loves to do, talk about yourself just a bit! And, of course, spend some time getting to know them and finding out what they are passionate about! Leave them with your card, et theirs as well, and walk away patting yourself on the back. You did it. And you were so cool.
I hope this helps you think through who you are and what your story is! If I happen to bump into you on the street, let’s be bold, lets chat!
I’ll be putting these new found skills to use this weekend at The Makers Summit! I’m so excited to attend this event geared for small, creative businesses. I’m sure I’ll have so many wonderful bits of knowledge to share when I get back! Stay tuned!