Do you dread the question, “What do you do?” We often say the boring and typical response of what our profession is. For instance, you would say, “I am an accountant.”
The problem with this is that it really doesn’t tell the person you are meeting much about who you are or give them any information to ask a follow-up question. Usually, you will get awkward silence because they don’t completely understand what it is you do. Or even worse, the person you are meeting already has a preconceived idea of what your profession is and relate that to you now (accountants are so boring!).
How to Introduce Yourself & Start a Conversation
According to the book, Book Yourself Solid, we are so much more than your one-word professions. We need to toss out the generic labels of teacher, designer, etc. Instead set yourself apart from everyone else and make yourself unique during introductions. The secret is two easy steps:
- “You know how” – Here you state the problem or issue that is in the world that the other person should be aware of.
- “Well, what I do is” – Here you state how you solve the problem or issue you mentioned previously.