How to explain what you do

Posted in NRG-networks, How to Network by nrgnetworks on December 4th, 2008

"What do you do?".

Why is such a simple question so hard to answer?

It's a question you will always get asked when networking. Despite this it often appears to be the most difficult thing to answer. This session gives you some advice on how you can always answer quickly, confidently and effectively.


  • Shirley P Cooper

    I do so many things that I’ve now started telling everyone that I’m an artist/teacher. Well I am technically if you look at art as a ‘creative way of doing things’. When I trained to teacher I chose two subjects which in those days did not go together. You either did art or science; not both. I had to fight my teachers, career advisers and head teacher for the right to study art to A level without the ‘normal’ subjects - English and Maths and I chose Needlecraft and Design with Social Studies. Unheard of, in those days. I couldn’t decide who to teach so I did a Junior/Secondary course. When I started teaching I taught English Maths, French, Re and History in a Secondary school. That took some explaining too. Secondary teachers normally taught a specialist subject. But as the years went on my unusual choice of subjects became more acceptable. For example I taught maths using macrame and taught English through Art. To complicate matters I started various businesses and today fill my diary with diverse subjects. One week could look like this: Monday am Writers’ Group, PM FOcus Group on Health Issue, Tuesday am Writers Group, pm Local History talk, Wednesday am/pm Leadership Training Course, Evening Health and Safety talk to Beauticians. In all this I’m teaching art and the art of ie how to do things to the best of your ability, properly, professionally. So when asked ‘what do you do I say I’m a teacher/artist or sometimes I say what I think they want to hear.

    May 14, 2009 at 9:40 am
  • adeline

    Great - short, sweet and to the point. Easy to understand and to follow especially when you give examples. I guess this is what we have to do too.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm
  • Tim Chappell

    Excellent reminder Dave - thanks ! It is so very easy to forget that all a prospective client wants to hear is what you could do for them and the benefits.

    May 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm