Here’s the reality. There is no one best way to introduce yourself to others. The internet is filled with tips and ideas on how to construct a 30-second commercial. Who is to say which one is right for you?
In reality, most folks don’t need a construct on how to craft a 30-second commercial when they are meeting new people. I have seen scripts where you fill-in the blanks about your strengths, past accomplishments, and areas of interest. I have seen videos of folks sharing what a great 30-second commercial looks and sounds like. I have been to workshops where your write and repeatedly practice your 30-second commercial. Most folks tape television shows so they can avoid commercials. Why would someone attend a networking event only to be drowned in endless commercials?
To make a strong connection, you need to do three things. You need to:
- Be confident with who you are, what you have done, and what you are looking for.
- Be clear with the pieces of information you want to share.
- Be yourself!
Dump the scripts! Delete the videos! Skip the workshops! Don’t think of what you are saying is a 30-second commercial! Think of introducing yourself to others with confidence, clarity, and authenticity. Just be yourself.
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