Stop making me talk about myself!
I was on apply_filters yesterday! I didn’t expect it either.
Not a lot of people know this but I’m extremely nervous when it comes to public speaking. I get really uncomfortable, I mumble out nonsense, and sometimes my mind runs an infinite loop of [What the hell did you just say?!]. That’s what happened yesterday before Brad and Pippin pulled me out of my death spiral. The question was simple: “Why don’t you take a couple of minutes and tell us about yourself? What do you do, where are you from, etc.?”
It’s a common theme for [scare_quotes]entrepreneurs[/scare_quotes] to advise getting your elevator pitch right. I guess I’m an entrepreneur now? Urg…anyway, I don’t have an elevator pitch about myself yet. I’m working on it.
Maybe it’s really not a “elevator pitch”, maybe I just need the confidence to let people know who I am when I’m not face-to-face 1.
This morning I re-wrote my “About” page. Turning it from a page trying to earn respect to a story about my WordPress journey. Which I think is a step in a new start 2.
I used to be in the same spot until I realized that it was affecting my ability to influence others and win jobs. Now I just go out there with confidence in myself and just start talking. Sometimes weird things come out, but at least they’re getting said.
I’ve also kind of formulated a tagline for myself, so that helps. Maybe you should come up with one. Mine is “Nick Ohrn – A software developer and entrepreneur who also happens to lift really heavy weights.”
just don’t ever say, “that wasn’t scratching my itch” again. it almost made me throw up.
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