Networking

Working on a Superhero Introduction

One of the things I continue to work with on a weekly basis is giving and providing an introduction for myself. Now I know most of us have all heard about elevator pitches, there is a wealth of information about crafting them online like this article for example, and workshops you can attend even to practice crafting your pitch. These have always seemed like creating a sales pitch for new business to sell myself for a new position or promotion, what about just an introduction that says who I am, how I got here, and what I am doing. An introduction that I can use for example at my next Toastmaster’s meeting as an introduction before my next speech, which is not about trying to sell me or a product.

I have been inspired recently by the superhero dramas on TV that start with that opening monolog from the main protagonist. Like this one from Season 2 of The Flash,

“My name is Barry Allen, and I am the fastest man alive. To the outside world, I am an ordinary forensic scientist, but secretly with the help of my friends in S.T.A.R. Labs, I fight crime and find other meta-humans like me. I hunted down the man who killed my mother, but in doing so, I opened up our world to new threats, and I am the only one fast enough to stop them. I am The Flash.”

These introductions on these superhero TV shows all have a similar formula. The hero tells who he or she is and about his or her powers or unique abilities. The protagonist also says how he or she got to the position of having to use these powers/abilities and what they are doing with them now. These elements are present in the opening monolog from Super Girl to the Green Arrow though they may mix up the formula to keep the introduction fresh from week to week. This superhero formula is what I am going to try use to create my next introduction. Maybe, I will try something more like the Super Girl introduction:

My name is Jennifer Cooper. When I was a child, I loved the stars. As much as I loved looking through a telescope, I loved telling stories about the stars- Andromeda, Perseus, and others. I loved to write my own stories, poetry, plays. But I followed the science stars to engineering school and forgot about my hidden writing powers until my first engineering job after graduation where I had to write assembly operating procedures. With my ever-strengthening writing powers, I work with energy operators to develop operating procedures and regulatory compliance programs. To most people, a project engineer at RCP, Inc., but in secret, I am also a poet who is particularly fond haiku.

It is a start; I am not looking to saving the city from a supervillain. Why don’t you try? What’s your superhero introduction? Let me know in the comments.

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