It's the dreaded question. You're out in public and you run into someone that you know and they ask, "So what do you do now?" Typically, I cringe, and sometimes, I even stutter. This question almost always catches me off guard, but does it have to be that way?
So what can I do? I can't network if I'm too shy to tell people what I do! First of all, I needed to get over myself. Millions of people are network marketers, and there is good money to be made as a network marketer, so I need to stop feeling embarrassed about what I do. There is nothing to be embarrassed about when it comes to having a job that allows me to stay at home with my children and still provide for our family.
So, next came actually figuring out exactly what to say.
"I'm a Poofy Organics Consultant! I sell all of these amazing organic products - we have cleaning products, home products, and body products for the whole family!"
This is great right? The next time someone asks me what I do, I'm not going to be speechless! Thankfully, while I was thinking about this, I happened to catch a Elevator Pitch workshop on Creative Live by Vanessa Van Edwards. She seriously had some great tips!
She talked about how we stand can affect our hormones and how people may perceive us. It was so eye opening, but just getting in my "power stance" made me feel more confident about myself!
Now, before you take your power stance out into the world, you want to perfect your speaking voice. You don't want to sound afraid or scared, like I was trying to tell people what I did. You need to own your words - you are amazing! You also want to keep a great tempo and use emphasis and emotion to show you're excited. Vanessa recommends filming yourself doing your pitch and to do it at least ten different ways.
You also want to figure out how to use your arms and hands. Nonverbal explanations can increase people's trust of you and your credibility. Likewise, smiling is also great - you want to look happy and excited to tell people what you do. Just remember, you are worth talking to, and most people will be genuinely interested in what you do and will be happy for you!
So what shouldn't you do?
The biggest mistake that you can make is being too afraid. If you're too afraid, like I was, you may not even get your pitch out. I admit, I even dodged the question - not cool. These people are my previous coworkers and friends and they will be happy for me so there is no reason for me to be afraid to tell them what I do!
You also shouldn't sound bored with what you do. If you're not excited about what you're doing, they're not going to get excited for you either.
Don't rock! (unless you're holding a baby...) It just makes you look afraid and nervous.
Don't touch yourself. Your hair will be fine. Keep your hands in your power stance.
So, what do you do?