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:
I set the vision. They execute.
Inspire. Support. Let them surprise you.
Two ears. One mouth. Use proportionally.
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.
Till next time,