Thursday, March 10, 2011

Elevator Speech

I listened to an American Society of Chemistry webinar today on Personal Branding; the speakers emphasized the importance of forethought, of identifying one's unique value proposition and articulating and honing that into an elevator speech. It set me thinking about my own value-add, and here's what I came up with:

I spot gaps
It's relatively easy to critique a report, proposal, or plan, but much more difficult to spot what is not there, vital missing components or strategic gaps. From my broad and varied experience across the industry, I have a knack of seeing and articulating what's not there but should be.

I synthesize connections
One of my favorite sayings is "I don't know but I know someone who does." I bring together diverse people and nuggets of relevant information and synthesize these into a whole through an iterative process of systematic inquiry and strategic analysis.

I solve problems
You can rely on me to come up with a solution and implement it - I get things done