Tips of the Trade: “The Myth of the Elevator Speech”
So, lower the bar. Loosen up. Connect.
Remember the true nature of the question and say something like... “I’m a lawyer, but I’m looking for something less stressful. I’ve applied for a position as a peace-keeper in Iraq. How about you?”
When asked, I’m liable to respond with “I’m a freelance writer. I’m working on a story about getting stuck in an elevator with a stranger.”
The moral of the story? Granted, be able to describe what you do in English. But most people who ask “What do you do?” aren’t signing up for the lecture, so don’t give it to them.
Have a conversation instead.
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