Me….in 10 words?!?!

At the beginning of May, Ginger Calem did a guest post on Myndi Shafer’s blog about taking Kristen Lamb’s blogging to build a brand course and the 100 word exercise. This is where you list 100 words that could be used to describe you. It’s designed to help you get an idea of who you are as a brand.

I remember doing that exercise and being as enamored by it as Ginger. It was fun and enlightening to sit down and think about how to sum myself up. What words describe me, my interests, my activities, my delights, my struggles, my style, my passions etc. I loved it. And like Ginger’s experience, when reviewing those of my classmates, it was easy to see why a number of us connected and became instant BFFs.

But then Ginger took it to the next level. She did something that really got me thinking.

Whittle those 100 words down to 10 to tell someone exactly who you are in a matter of seconds. Essentially your elevator pitch. What are the most important words that sum you up in a nutshell.

Seriously? Me….in 10 words? You’ve got to be kidding me.

With 100 words, I had no issue. But pick only 10 that truly define me? That was one hell of a task. I am a big person with a big personality and a vast set of interest, activities, and passions. I am complex and a constant surprise to even myself so to pick ONLY 10….wow!

In the comments of Ginger’s post, I could only narrow it down to 14 words but I am determined for y’all to get that list down to 10…so here goes nothing!

  1. Writer
  2. Bedazzled Pink
  3. Stiletto
  4. Flip Flop
  5. Camping
  6. Golf
  7. NASCAR
  8. Beach
  9. Love
  10. Authentic

I tried to do a combination of my favorite activities and a few choices descriptive words for my personality so that you could get an overall sense of who I am and what I love to do.

This is a great exercise whether you are a writer, a painter, a dancer, or a regular Joe Blow going for a job interview. Being able to sell yourself in today’s world is key to your overall success. Mind you, keep in my your target audience when coming up with your 10 words. I’d likely pick 10 different words if I was going for a job interview in my field.

Did you feel like you got an overall picture of who I am? Feel like you know me better? What are your 10 words? Come on…share the wealth…

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Comments

  1. What a great post, Natalie. That list is SO YOU! 🙂 I love your point about considering your audience. If I’m thinking about my health/wellness crew, I’d use words like foodie, whole grain and messy. For thrillers, I’d say inspire, fast-paced and psychology. Me in general, words like passionate, bull dog, guitar and write-aholic come to mind… LOL

    Thanks for the sweet shout out! Loved Kassandra’s guest post, too.

    • Those are fahhhbulous August! I LOVE bull dog. With all your other words, that totally gave me a fantastic sense of how well rounded you are. GREAT description!! Squeee! You are most welcome – she did wonderfully! 🙂

  2. prudencemacleod says:

    Wow, talk about setting up the tough ones. You guys are amazing. Okay, here goes. Mischievous, compassionate, stubborn, loving, hardworking, determined, inviting, observing, entertaining, and friendly. Hey, you all know I could easily go for more. hehehe

  3. winnwords says:

    GREAT exercise, Natalie! I’m definitely going to give this one a try! If it works out, you’ll see it on the blog. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the massive shout out, Natalie. You’re awesome. Ok, you KNOW how much I love this sort of exercise and of course I’ve done it and you’ve seen my words. I loved your point about considering your audience as well. If I’m doing this in my fitness and health arena, my words might alter slightly than if I was solely focused on my writer-self. At the core though, there’d be some words that would stick with me regardless because I just can’t escape them. 🙂

    I decided to try something different this time. I have 2 teenage boys in my house and my daughter is approaching 12, so soon, I’ll have a house full of teens and words like psychotic and alcoholic might invade my list. So, in the effort to see myself at their stage of life, I’m doing the 10 words based on who I was as a teen. So that means that Brave should come first. hee hee

    Brave. Stubborn. Serious. Loyal. Untrusting. Independent. Reader. Opinionated. Self-deprecating. Willful.

    Dang — you see what I’m raising! OY!

    • My pleasure for the uber shout out Ginger. 🙂 Exactly, I couldn’t agree more. There are words that stick with me no matter what but if I was doing the list for my blogging family as opposed to my professional persona, there’d be some very different words there so target audience is key. OMG your house is going to be a ZOO for the next few years. LOL!! Poor thing. Well, keep your head down and your wits about you and you’ll get through it…like a champ I am sure. All I can say is good luck…and here’s to the drinks!! LOL!! Your 10 works as a teen – amazing. I never thought of that but I will now. Enlightening to see how far you’ve come and changed and grown, eh?!

  5. I love your list, and, yes, it’s gives a great image of you. But try to fit in your humor and compassion, too. That’s a big part of who you are, Sweets, and the world will remember that about you!
    I would cheat, though, and combine words for myself like healthy eater and exerciser into ‘fitness fan’. Or, my love of motorcycles, black leather jackets, boots and pink into Harley-girl (that is if it’s okay to call my 59 yr old self a girl). Anyway, I think I’ll do this for my Friday post. That 100-word challenge was the most useful part of the class for me. However, this 10-word challenge is even better! Great way to nail down a brand! Thanks, Natalie!

    • LOVE your list Marcia and to me, Harley-girl is PERFECT for you. Squeeee!!! I was going to do something similar and combine a few under Urban Redneck so I’d have more room for funny or humor because you are right, it’s a big part of my personality and I sort of missed it. AWESOME. I can’t wait to see your Friday post. It’s been a fantastic and neat exercise for sure and I am super pumped you enjoyed.

      • You’re so amazing, Natalie, it’s a feat, for sure, to describe you in 10 words. I think maybe you’ll have to make up new ones for combining all your awesomeness! In branding, I think part has to be what you do and part is who you are, so definitely don’t leave out your stand-out parts!

  6. I did the 100 word list…now I’ll try the 10 word list. Thanks for sharing the suggestion.

  7. I hated that exercise, LOL. However, I know it was my inner perfectionist giving me grief. Cutting it down to 10…ouch, harsh…but I see the benefits. I’ll definitely be looking at Kristen’s exercise, and this one, over the summer. Who knows, perhaps you’ll see a post 🙂

    • I agree Raelyn, it can be hard to let go of the need for perfection in doing something like this. Does that word REALLY sum me up? Is that honestly who I am? I can totally over think things sometimes. I try to remind myself to think about it terms of just having fun with it. Maybe see how many 10-word combos you can come up with. That way, the sky is the limit but you’ll be able to see what really stands out for you as a brand and what doesn’t. Could be fun. Definitely let me know if you do it. I’d love to read!

  8. This is so much fun. I love your ten words and they just “fit” as I read them. I enjoyed reading everyone else’s comments and words too. Let’s see if I can do it: kind, funny, fierce protector, earthy, book lover, writer, sundresses, arms-wide-open. (ok so I’m a cheater too and counted the last as three words!) This is harder than I thought. When Marcia does her post, I’ll try to come up with two more words and not have it end with cheater. LOL

    • Awwwww thank you Kate!!! I loved fierce protector and earthy….wow!! And sundresses….LOVE IT! Such fantastic words that really gave me a sense of YOU!! Amazing…. And heck – I am with you on word combining – I mean they really went together to define one thing. LOL!!!

  9. I agree with Marcia that it’s terribly hard to condense it all into 10 words. I’m going to have to try this. You might have started a trend. 🙂

    • I know, eh?!?!?! To pick ONLY 10….struggle considering there is sooo many hot words out there and we are such complex, glorious women!!! I can’t wait to see your 10 Jenny!!!!

  10. I know I left a comment on Ginger’s post and I came up with 10 words, but right now ~ after being up since 5am and writing most of the day, my words have left me. All I can think of is, knackered.
    When I get 10 better words, I’ll put them here. I need caffeine and chocolate. Stat.

    • Oh girl….LOL…sounds like a VERY long and productive day!! I hope you managed to indulge in some much deserved caffeine, chocolate and maybe even a tiny bit of wine!! 🙂 Get some rest!!!

  11. Perfect! I love the opposites of “stiletto” and “flip flops” – really shows your range, LOL! I’ll have to look over my 100 words to see what I can boil it down to! You know what would be interesting? Ask hubster to write 10 words to describe you!

    • Awesomeness!! That was exactly what I was going for. Trying to capture my city/redneck thing. LOL!! I can’t wait to read yours Kathy! Ohhhh…hubby…yes. I’d love to see what he’d say. I’ll have to ask him!!!

  12. Now there’s a challenge! Love your list, Nat! It’s so you but I would add passionate too!

  13. Okay, I won’t even point out that “bedazzled pink” actually makes that 11 words. *whistling* 😉 So maybe one of my “words” can be OCD? Love your list!

    That 100-word exercise in Kristen’s class was so painful! Even as verbose as I usually am, I had trouble coming up with that many. You did make me go back and look at what I put. Here are a Top 10 (ask me on another day, and it will be a different 10): Introvert, Family, Writing, Words, Sarcastic, Imaginative, Truth, Texan, Christian, Y’all. I don’t know if that describes me enough, though. An art friend of mine once described me in two words (that made sense to her): yellow ochre. Hmmm.

  14. I loved the 100 word exercise too. It really helped flip a mental switch in my mind. To narrow it down to 10…I’ll give it a try.

    Hopeful. Animal-lover. Loyal. Writer. Sweet. Intelligent. Nerd. Determined. Quirky. Planner.

    • Oh Marcy, those are fabulous!!! Awwww….animal-lover, sweet, nerd and quirky – GREAT words. Love how some words really do help us conjure up a sense of who a person is especially when they are in contrast or complimentary to other words…tks for playing! 🙂

  15. Reetta Raitanen says:

    Great topic, Natalie. The 100 words excercise was so useful and enlightening. But stipping the list down to 10 words. Yikes.

    Family woman, Introvert, Optimist, Avid reader, Information hoarder, Interested about way too many things, Loyal, Creative, Procrastinator, Nerd.

  16. Love this. I missed it when it came out, but popped over from Jenny Hansen’s link. These are a great, and I think I’m going to try it. I love the stiletto and flip flop entries – those two side by side say a ton – I like seeing people that are in love with things that diametrically opposed. Makes you may more mulch-dimensional!

    • I can’t wait to see what you come up with Lynnette. And I agree, the contrast in 2 words can really help someone get a true 3D sense of a person. The flip-flops/stilettos truly does some up my city/redneck style…LOL!!

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