When my sister was a little kid, she could always find a reason to share during show and tell. It went something like this:
Week 1: I have a loose tooth. Look how I can wiggle it with my tongue!
Week 2: I lost my tooth! And here it is. Look!
Week 3: Here’s the quarter the tooth fairy brought me for my tooth.
Week 4: I bought this plastic tiger with my tooth fairy money!
That’s a lot of press over one loose tooth.
She was a tiny PR machine, making the most out of every story. Sure, she liked the attention of standing up in front of the class, but she was also genuinely excited about what was going on in her little world and wanted to share it.
What’s going on in your little world? When someone asks you what’s new or what you are up to, do you light up at talking about your “loose tooth?”
Oftentimes we dread these questions. We mumble out a response downplaying what’s truly going on. We think our audience, the asker, won’t be into what we have to say. We sell ourselves short.
Tables turned: consider show and tell. Find the excitement in what’s going on in your life or business, regardless of whether you think it sounds impressive or not.
Enthusiasm is impressive.
And it changes the script. Watch:
“Well, just trying to get through the days now that baby #2 is here. I’m falling behind in my business and ready for a decent night of sleep.”
These statements may feel true, but they are laden with a case of the blahs. Shift your thoughts. Turn on the enthusiasm switch and you get something like this:
“It’s true, I’m zonked! We all are. But we’re learning how to balance with two, and I so appreciate the time I had before to work on my business. I’m really looking forward to getting into a routine so I can dive back in. I miss it!”
No sugar coating here, but plenty of enthusiasm. Which gal would you rather hang out with? Or buy from?
When you think and speak from a place of enthusiasm, you do right by yourself and your audience.
Right now, today, what are you proud of?
What are you excited about? And how can you tweak your script? I’d love for you to show and tell in the comments below.