Lara Nieberding

The Purple Lara

“What do you do?”

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Who recommended: Lynne Waymon

What I am reading: Make Your Contacts Count (Networking Know-How For Business and Career Success) by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

Where in the book: page 99

Why I am reading: Learning how to network. Cause believe me, I have no CLUE!

Which quote: “Give It Your Best.”

How this quote adjusted my thinking:

For some reason when people ask me “What do you do?” I fumble and falter.  It is like a mirror raises between me and the person and I see my insecurities reflected back at me.  It really is an innocent question.  A lot of times people are making small talk or they are genuinely interested in finding out what I am doing.  I know the importance of answering the question appropriately.  It makes or breaks the social interaction.

I have been working on my response to give them my “best.”  This is what I have so far:

“I work with individuals that want information delivered directly to them.”

I was trying to work in the tag line “Delivering Information Directly to  You.”

It is weak in the image it creates.  For example, lots of people get email every day. My service doe not revolve around email.

I am trying this now,

“I work with individuals who want to obtain information quickly and efficiently so they can focus on their priorities.”

Written by The Purple Lara

May 20, 2008 at 9:00 AM

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