“So…. What do you do?” The quintessential networking question (*sigh*).
I’m not a fan of the “what do you do” question. Partly because I find it hard to answer but also because there are so many more interesting things to talk about.
Sometimes I respond with, “depends on the day” or “for work or for fun?” Changing the question or the response opens the conversation up to find more things in common and create connections.
Sometimes we fall into the trap of ‘professional overkill.’ But you have to open up and share your real self (Success Accelerator #4) because I’m here to tell you, the real you is the best you.
Real relationships lead to real results. People want to connect with the human side of you. So don’t be afraid to let people see behind the career curtain.
Action Step: Go to lunch with your boss, colleagues or team and DON’T talk about work.
P.S. Here’s a look behind MY professional mask (Warning: Cute animal pics and puppy video may cause excessive smiling!)