Who are you really?
Maybe that’s a strange question but I want you to think about it for a second. Who are you?
When someone says, “Tell me a little about yourself,” what do you say? For all of my Legend Leaders out there focusing on going from corporate to confident entrepreneur, the idea of introducing yourself as “The Senior Director or Senior Vice President of Blah Blah Blah” just doesn’t fit you in every situation now does it?
Now that you have started working on your own business, you’ve changed your identity with the shift of your focus. It’s totally normal. But now you are going to have different introductions for different situations.
That said, when you introduce yourself, what are you going to say? Will it change based on your audience? It absolutely can and probably should, right?
In the corporate world you are still the Senior Whatever of Blah Blah Blah. But in the rest of the world you are “the Founder and CEO of your own business while still working as a Senior Whatever of Blah Blah Blah.” (The key here is to introduce yourself starting with your own business first, then add your day job title.)
In some circles you will stick with just your personal business as your introduction. In some circles you will just be your child’s mom or your spouse’s spouse. You do that already, right?
The point is that you have a new title now. You have a new something that is a piece of you. Ensure you practice saying that. Create the combinations so that you are ready to share this new piece of you when it’s time to share it.
Practice it. It should be fluid. Just like your day job introduction speech is something you can say in your sleep, the same holds true with your personal business introduction.
Because here’s the deal, if you can’t confidently introduce yourself as the business leader you are, which of your potential customers are going to be confident in what you are offering? Certainty starts with you. You have to be certain and confident so your customers can be certain and confident in you.
So let’s get to it. What is your title? How will you introduce yourself? Create your script. Define your environments as to when each script will be applied. Now the work is done and you simply have to call on your script based on the situation. Boom. Confidence gained.