I still remember the icebreaker my English teacher kicked off our class with nearly a decade ago. It went like this:
I used to study at [Name of Elementary School]. I now study at [Name of High School]. In the future, I would like to study at [Name of College].
We went around the room and all repeated each other, while our classmates looked on, bored to tears. What does that little exercise have to do with networking? Everything.
To put it bluntly: Generic
When you're talking about yourself, you're introducing your brand to the world. If you say what everyone else does — only changing the fill-in-the-blanks — you're forgettable. You have to amp up your individuality in order to be heard.
Reflecting back, I guess my teacher deserves a lot of
You may think it's impossible to show how fiercely talented you are in so few words, but remember your goal isn't to share your whole resume, it's to get them thinking, Huh, tell me more.
Here are two different ways you can zoom in on what you should say: