Famous In Five: Day 3 – Build Your Pitch / Approx. Time to Complete: 45 minutes (15 minutes was chatting with my mom)
All in the Family
I had to bring in the big guns for this one. Yessirree, Mrs. Ann’s Mom was called in as emergency brainstorming backup. A Google doc got shared between myself and mom to create some bullet points. It was much harder than I thought to get over mental roadblocks and make a list for myself. There are people who don’t really struggle with saying nice things about themselves, and I envy those people!
Mom stepped in for what became a combination pep-talk/bullet-point brainstorming session. It was a lifesaver! We talked on the phone and in the shared document about, “what makes Ann’s story unique?” and, “what does Ann do anyway?” Some of them bullet points were kind of unusable (ex: Ann is a great big sister!) in terms of business expertise, but the exercise still gave me something to grow on. Also, now I feel really loved and accomplished!
Ma mère pointed out all the things accomplished when side-hustling. For instance, did you know I grew to 4,000 Twitter followers working in my business on-the side? It can be done! I challenge all y’all who think you don’t have time for social media to find an extra 15 minutes every day. If I can do it while working a 9-to-5 and traveling every month, then you can certainly make it happen.
Or here’s a good one: I have a degree in Theatre, so I am well versed managing diva personalities.
Head Cheerleader (aka Mom) made me write down my dramatic flair and side-hustling in the “What’s Special About My Story?” column. Honestly, I used to be kind of ashamed of those two facts. It was as if not having a business degree or working full-time as an entrepreneur meant I didn’t have a “real” business, but some kind of imposter fake-o business.
The Final Scorecard
When all was said and done, I came up with about 3 really good bullets for the first column and 7 in the second. That’s a little shy of the goal for the worksheet, but I think I can get creative in the future now that I have a really good starting point.
What’s special about YOUR story? Share your Day 3 insights in the comments below!
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Day 3 Highlights
So that was another eye-opening exercise for me. I found out that going back over the stuff from Day 1 was really useful – I was amazed at how much more organized I could get this time around, and I dug out some new information I’d completely forgotten. Guess all that “rough draft” stuff we learned in school really works. I started the exercise thinking that since my business is mostly soft skills (I’m a voiceover actor) it would be hard to point to “expertise” that would be useful for other people. But that was surprise #2 – it turns out a lot of what makes me special doesn’t really have to do with what I sound like! -Kendra
A big hello from Doylestown, Pennsylvania :-) It was kinda fun bragging about myself — and I LOVE the idea of naming your techniques to get people curious about your area of expertise. Brilliant!!! -Cailen Marone
Wow! Rarely have I had this much fun talking and writing about myself. This is a great practice that I’m adding as a weekly or monthly routine. It really gets the jitters out. Thanks Laura, -Don in Tucson, AZ