If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of 15 years spent producing 600 challenge programs and awarding $300 million dollars in prize money, it’s that those who pitch effectively win. Those who don’t tend to go home wondering where they went wrong.
The problem? Smart, talented people aren’t always their best spokespeople. It’s like the old saying goes: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” My advice: Make it count.
Whether you’re making critical presentations, introducing yourself in important meetings, or participating in networking events, please make the first words that exit your mouth clear, concise, and utterly, uniquely you.
This timeless truth has never been more evident than in our virtual existence. In order to be successful, to feel confident, to truly appreciate the value that you bring, you must stand out like never before. You must communicate your most important asset — yourself — as effectively as possible.
It’s time to consider developing your personal #branding and online presence in new and different ways. You have an amazing, one-of-a-kind story to tell. Tell it well.