My Elevator Line

I just finished reading “The Fire Starter Sessions.”  Excellent book!  I highly recommend it.

So one of the exercises in the book is to develop and practice your “elevator line” … at least that’s what I recall … and the idea is this –

What do you say when people ask you what you do?  Honestly, I am asked that often or it’s one of those things we have to do at work, going around the table, introducing ourselves to vendors, staff from different offices, etc.  I get nervous sometimes, trying to figure out what I’ll say, and hoping I’ll remember what I want to say when it’s my turn.

But I learned something while reading TFSS – I don’t have to detail what my day looks like or what is currently on my plate.  It’s not really all that interesting anyway when it comes right down to it.  So I am going to work on my elevator line … my pitch … my passion.

What is it that I do?

Well, for starters, my day job consists of pulling data, manipulating data, analyzing data, preparing reports, and working on projects.  I’m a detail oriented person.

But after work I’m inspired by things and people around me.  I like to write.  I like to express myself in what I do, whether it’s in a blog or on Facebook or in some new app I just downloaded.  I listen to the lyrics in music and find the poetry.  I listen to the melody of a song and wonder how on earth they wrote that beautiful inspiration.  I don’t know music theory (much) and I don’t know how great composers come up with the intertwining of various instruments and melodies – but I know what I like and what inspires me.  Songwriters, authors, bloggers, musicians, artists … in one way or another I find inspiration in their output, their masterpieces, their passions.

So by day I work with data and manage projects the best I know how to, and by night I find inspiration by opening myself up to others’ passions.  That inspiration manifests itself in digging into a novel, or writing a blog, or sketching something funky on my iPad, or by pulling out my old songs and poetry and seeing what I can update and make relevant to someone today.

Left brain, right brain.  I am it all, baby.

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