Week 62: An Elevator Speech to the Top Floor- #AlphaFemaleFriday
“ WEEK 62 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS ”
I believe in having a strong elevator speech, and I also believe in having an elevator speech that can be tailored depending on who you are speaking to. The way I would introduce myself to a coworker I have yet to meet in person differs from the way I would introduce myself to a new client, and those two speeches also differ from the way I introduce myself to new family members! Whoever you are speaking to and whoever you are meeting for the first time, introduce yourself with authentic grace in the hopes that you can nurture a positive and mutually beneficial relationship.
When people make their 60-second elevator speeches, they tend to be in a rush to state their self-importance. It’s great to show your confidence and assert your relevance, but it’s even more important to find a common ground with the person or people you are speaking with. We can all learn something from one another because, in addition to whatever we may do for a living, we all have talents and knowledge that we can share with others.
I love getting to know people who do something totally different from what I do for a living. As we travel the world and meet people from totally different backgrounds and circumstances than our own, the more we find that yes, while we may initially differ from our first impressions, we may also find things that we share in common. Over and over again, we may meet bankers, engineers, artists, and fishers who all seek the same things: respect, integrity, strength, knowledge, freedom, connecting and helping others.
Showcase yourself with a balance of pride and humility. Know your worth and be open to learning about others. Learn for the sake of learning. It’s not enough to show how great you are. You must shine so brightly so you may reflect your luminance onto others. Great leaders do not create more followers; they create more leaders.
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Each week, I take a tip from Lois P. Frankel’s book, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, and explore how each of these tips affect myself and other women in similar positions on the road to becoming the women we want to be. There are far and few between who are a few steps behind me, and many more who are far advanced. I found that Lois P. Frankel’s advice applied to novice, intermediates, and experts alike. It helped me see that I was already doing right, served as a reminder to keep on doing what I was doing and how to keep that momentum going. The book also showed me areas where I could improve, and gave realistic tips to jump on board. There are a total of 133 tips, and explore one tip per week in a program I call: 133 Weeks to Success.
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