What do you say when you introduce yourself to someone? How do you speak and how do you make eye contact. How firmly do you shake hands?
When you meet face-to-face there thousands of data points and impressions being captured by the people you are meeting. Some are visual. Some are tonal. And yes, some are olfactory.
But what do you do online? How do you tell your story? For example, you can find out about me at:
- Servant of Chaos blog
- My personal bio/summary page
- Various Twitter accounts
But, for me, the sum always feels greater than the parts.
To be honest, telling your own story is extremely difficult. In my opinion, it’s why we have agencies and consultants … because they can view your achievements, strengths and qualities with an outsider’s perspective. But tools like LinkedIn and blogs can definitely help. And in this age of infographics, sometimes you just need a visual snapshot – which is why I quite like Visualize.me. It connects to your LinkedIn profile and turns the underlying data into a visual CV. Here is mine – and while it could do with some additional elements – it does seem to get the point across. What do you think?