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Add a Little BFF to Your Elevator Speech

life Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 4/30/19

Going to a conference for the first time, alone, sounds like an introvert’s NIGHTMARE. Does it not? That’s why I’m so glad my friend Brandi went with me to the Mom 2.0 Summit this past week. I’m what you might call an extroverted introvert. I’m only extroverted once I warm up to someone, otherwise I’m quiet, shy and I get anxious around a lot of people. Then I need some alone time to decompress when it’s over.

In fact, recently I met someone who knew me through Instagram. It was randomly at a birthday party for one of my son’s friends, and I felt so weird being recognized by someone I didn’t know. It felt weird knowing they know so much about me and I don’t know anything about them. I legit don’t know how celebrities do it – being constantly recognized and asked for pictures and autographs. That’s a hard no from me, Stan.

All that said, it takes a lot of effort for me to muster up the energy to be around a lot of people. It’s exhausting. I’m not ever, EVER trying to be rude when I’m not chatty. I’m just in a state of mentally treading water.

Does this sound like you? I know I’m not the only one. I know it.

Having a friend there as a wing woman was awesome. As we met new people, we started introducing each other instead of introducing ourselves with our “elevator speech”, which can sometimes feel awkward and narcissistic. Y’all. It was amazing.

An elevator speech is a short pitch about who you are, what you do and how you add value.

Here’s what I said about myself when asked what I do:

I’m Meghan and I’m an artist and graphic designer. I teach painting classes and I blog as well, mostly about coping with the death of my husband last year.

It’s a bit sad, isn’t it? Leaves you feeling a bit down, and gives you that awkward “not really sure how to react to that” feeling, right? Does it paint the picture of me or what I do? NOPE, I don’t think so. But I didn’t realize that until this weekend when I heard Brandi describe what I do.

Here’s what Brandi said about me after we started introducing each other instead of introducing ourselves:

This is Meghan. She’s an artist, graphic designer and writer. Her husband passed away last year and she blogs about focusing on the positives and showing that it’s okay to laugh and smile and joke while still dealing with tragedy. She is so funny and blogs about this circumstance in a funny, relatable way and I think people dealing with any sort of tragic incident in their lives, not just the death of a spouse, but anything, would benefit from reading it.

I MEAN DAYUM. What a difference. If only we could always think about ourselves the way our friends and family do. So here’s your challenge: Next time you’re out somewhere, let your friend introduce you, and then listen to what they say and start introducing yourself that way. Level up how you see yourself, girl. You’re worth it.

If you don’t know Brandi, she’s HILARIOUS. She lost a ton of weight and has kept it off for years and years now. She and her husband (who is also super rad, kind and awesome) own a gym and run a healthy living membership group with tons of tips and tricks for the average person looking to make healthier choices. She posts tons of fashion and beauty inspo for the every-woman. Y’all, she’s not out here promoting thousand dollar handbags. She’s putting together cute outfits you can get on Amazon or at Target. On top of all that, she’s beautiful inside and out and funny AF. We laughed SO MUCH last week, and realized every single video we posted was us laughing about something.

It’s the best kind of friendship.

Listen to how those close to you talk about you. Your close friends and family should lift you up, and if that’s not what you’re hearing, then level up your inner circle, because you’re worth more than that.

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