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How Would YOU Say It in Only Six Words?

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

What are the chances you can convey your message in 6 words?
Impossible, you say…

A few years ago SMITH Magazine published Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. The book, inspired by a six-word story said to be written by Ernest Hemingway (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) was a compilation of six-word memoirs submitted by SMITH readers. Since then, SMITH has come out with additional six-word books on a variety of life topics, including love, Dads and work.

So it’s gotten me thinking. What if we look a bit deeper into the work topic and talk, say, about your leadership style? Or how you communicate? Or your learning style? Or the value you bring to the organization. What would that six-word elevator pitch be? I’d love to hear it.

To give you some inspiration, here are a few examples from the original book:

Mistook streetlight for the moon. Climbed. – Zack Wentz

It was worth it, I think. – Annette Laitinen

Still lost on road less traveled. – Joe Quesada

Former band nerd dreams big dreams. – Jesse Poe

And here are a few we’ve come up with on our topics:

Leadership style:

I set the vision. They execute.

Inspire. Support. Let them surprise you.

Communication style:

Two ears. One mouth. Use proportionally.

Learning style:

I learn something new every day.


Turned team around. Now profits soaring.

OK. Now it’s your turn. Let’s hear YOUR six words on leadership, communication, learning or the value you bring.

Please share…

Till next time,


Communication, Leadership, Learning, Management, Professional and team leadership

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