I recently had the following conversation with some co-workers after mentioning that I was looking for inexpensive airfare to South Carolina:
Them: “Oh, what’s in South Caroline?”
Me: “A blogging conference that I’m hoping to go to in the fall.”
Them: “Oh. You blog? What about? Who is it for?”
Me: “Um. You know. Just life. And. Stuff.”
I am nothing if not verbose and descriptive. I really wanted to just smack myself in the forehead after that conversation. Why was I nervous about telling them what I write about? Why didn’t I mention that I happen to be a contributing writer for Allume, the conference I’m hoping to go to? Why was it awkward to say that I write about my faith, my family and my passion is encouraging women?
Clearly I went with “Um.”
And I missed an opportunity to not only share with my coworkers a piece of my life that I am passionate about, but I missed sharing about Christ. I missed sharing stories of the amazing women I met in real life at Allume last year, of the incredible opportunities that have occurred because of my writing, and mostly? I missed the chance to claim my title as “writer.”
In my embarrassment of having to figure out how to explain what it is I do, I let my insecurity run the show. So I decided to take a minute to figure how to avoid it in the future. Trust me. This is not ground breaking. It’s been done before.
I developed an elevator speech.
You know, the “how would you present your blog/brand/job/goals/etc. to someone if you only had a short elevator ride to do it in” speech. 30 seconds, max. One or two sentences to say what you do, why you do it, and how it’s unique.
Here’s mine: “I write because I love God and feel called to encourage other women through blogging, with the hope of building community through shared stories of life, faith and motherhood.”
You, my sweet blogging friends? Claim your title of “writer” today and avoid the “um.” I’d be blessed if you would take a few minutes and tell us your elevator speech in the comments – I’d love to read them!