Walking Your Walk Talking Your Talk

Walking Your Walk Talking Your Talk
Walking the Walk Talking the Talk

As I posted in an earlier post about having a voice, this post will be about Walking the Walk Talking the Talk or you better be able to back up what you say.  Not like the image to the right with your head and feet going in opposite directions. Walking the Walking Your Walk Talking Your Talk means you are well versed on the subject at hand, so you better know your shit! Sorry about that but I call it like it is and that’s just how I roll.

But being a TBI survivor just talking the talk can be a daunting test of skill. Stick with what you know and you will be fine.

Have a standard three-minute elevator speech prepared and practice it. So here are some steps in creating an elevator speech.

  1. Spend about 1-2 hours writing down your top five work or personal experiences. These experiences should follow this format – Situation/Task, Action, Result (STAR). What was the situation, what did you do, and what happened?
    1. Narrow each down to a paragraph. Think about the STAR format on a 100 point scoring pie:
      Only about 15-20 points should go to the “situation”
    2. About 40 points going to your actions
    3. 30-35 points on the results.
  2. Think about the themes that come across. Are you all about growth, customer focus, sales excellence, product innovation, etc. and how do the themes come through? How do your experiences show a recurring theme?
  3. Pick your top themes. What are the top 1-2 things you want the interviewer to remember about you? When you have finished answering the question, the interviewer should know clearly what these top 2 things are.
  4. Put it together. A good way to complete this is to use the word-count feature on your word processor. At 150 words per minute, you should not use much more than 450 words for your pitch. Keep in mind that you want to highlight your top 3-5 experiences and not every last thing you did in each experience.
  5. Practice it, practice it and practice it even more

And there you have it and it is not rocket science because the subject is you and who knows you better than you?

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Mike is not a TBI doctor, he is just an advocate for traumatic brain injury. He offers his advice on brain injury from a survivors perspective and it is up to you to take or ignore his advice. Meaning he is not responsible in any way for your actions. He offers his advice for free on the world wide web and you should take it as such, cheap advice.