If you're already hitting these points during your 30-45 second infomercial, great. But are people remembering you? Sure, they might remember your face if they see you out and about, but are they really remembering YOU?
Keep in mind people like to work with and refer people they know like and trust. When given a flurry of options as to what attorney, banker, CPA or marketing professional they will choose for some of their most important business relationships, the deciding factor is typically a combination of skill set and chemistry, and the latter is established right out of the gate.
The next time you're at a networking event, be it formal or informal, consider the following tips:
Take the following two examples into consideration...
My name is Dina Wasmer. I'm the President of Incite Creative, which is a marketing and graphic design firm in Baltimore. We work with small-to-middle market businesses and organizations. We provide positioning workshops, focus groups, marketing planning, identity design as well as offline and online design services and have many industry awards.
My name is Dina Wasmer. Sometimes people call me 'Dinah' but I say to them, 'It's just like Tina or Gina...you don't call them 'Tinah' or 'Ginah!' I was named after a 1950's movie star but I'm actually a marketing and graphic design professional. I grew up in Harford County and went to school at Loyola & UB where I also teach, which is convenient because my office is across the street. I've owned my business for 12 years and my dog has been our office mascot the whole time. His name is Panther. He has epilepsy & my niece has autism. They are both my inspiration and why we work with a number of healthcare and nonprofit organizations. We help them build their brand awareness, raise funds and solve their goals by using our trademarked 5-step process that includes marketing research and planning, as well as both offline and online writing and design. We have lots of awards but the fact that my family can explain what I do for a living is my most significant accomplishment. :-)
Although it's a bit longer, the second option is more memorable because it shares many personal tidbits and opens the door for the person/people I'm addressing to resonate with one or more of them. For instance, maybe they grew up in Harford County. Or perhaps they have a family member with autism. Dog people love other dog owners so that's a soft spot too.
I use humor because it's authentic to my true personality. What characteristics do you possess during your most authentic moments?
This is my unique story. What's yours?
Dina Wasmer is President of Incite Creative, a marketing and graphic design firm that provides brand-building services for small-to-middle market businesses and organizations in Maryland, DC and Virginia. For more information, log onto www.incitecreativeinc.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.