A week ago, Geoff Wood, a local entrepreneur and part of the Silicon Prairie News team, was talking to local tech wizard Jon Thompson of Evolve and I after a morning YPC social. Geoff noticed something while networking with some fellow young professionals.
Geoff would ask someone “What do you do?”
That person would reply “I work for _________.”
Geoff was intrigued by that. What does it mean? Is the person defined by who they work for? Does that person have an identity beyond their employer (accountant, customer service rep, administrative assistant, etc.)? Is saying where you work at enough to be looked at as important and credible?
By only stating where you work at may sound “important”, but it doesn’t define you as a person with skills and expertise in a field of work. What if you turn it around and say, “Hi, my name is _______, and I’m an accountant/computer programmer/lawyer at ________.”? Would that get the other person interested in what you do, in contrast to thinking “Oh, he or she is one of thousands of people who work for __________.”
Will you stand out in front of the crowd if you talk about what you love or like to do?