Question Dear Reader – What makes you Stand Out in this world?
We could talk about your business, even your product, but this is about YOU.
What makes YOU unique?
Speaking in front of 500 Leaders recently I posed the question,
“What is your Signature Move and how are you using it daily in your business as a LEADER?”
The blank stares concerned me.
Perhaps my Michael Jackson “Moonwalk” metaphor had gone over their heads.
Digging deeper, and even asking for their hands to go up, searching for ideas of what makes them unique, no one could even offer one unique characteristic about themselves as leaders, let alone as human beings.
These are leaders of businesses, government, education, communities…and yet identifying their differentiators was nearly impossible for them.
How are Leaders supposed to lead anyone if they don’t know what sets them apart?
The essence of leadership is knowledge of our strengths, clarifying skillsets, and keeping our promise to utilize what we have!
…and in turn, empowering those we serve as leaders to identify theirs as well.
So how are you keeping that promise to those you lead as the LEADER?
Want to discover yours?
(As a side note, Dear Reader, as a Speaker I am hired because I’m entertaining with a message, and then event planners are surprised because it’s inspiring, but attendees are only moved because I am really there to provoke you, your thinking and initiate actual change to drive sales, profit, and success. So let’s do this)
HERE’S AN EXERCISE you can do for yourself to begin The Process:
- If I were to ask you to identify 1 or 2 traits that set you apart in this world it will cripple your thinking. Instead, write 100 things that you are good at as fast as you can.
- Upon completion begin circling the words that really resonate with you, which identify your passions and help you see who you really are. (for example, mine would be words like: “funny”, “creative”, “writer”, “thoughtful”, “worker”, etc)
- Of the circled words, narrow it down and only write the Top 10 you believe tell the story of you, which have helped define your life.
Look at these words for a minute.
Now consider your job, your career path, where you landed.
What is the distance between what you thought you’d be as a kid, compared to what you worked on in college, and the desk in the office where you now sit?
Don’t be alarmed, there’s a reason for all of it.
After you IDENTIFY (Step 1) a certain amount of talents, gifts, traits naturally born within you, in your DNA, which make you who you are, the process begins.
The next steps in the process are what I teach in my presentations in a hilarious and entertaining way to the leaders among us, and it involves the clarifying process through collaboration with those you trust, and finally magnifying our findings.
In other words, we CLARIFY (Step 2) when we ask those we trust in our families, work, as well as clients we’ve worked and even those we’ve lost, to help us refine our differentiation. This is the ultimate level of engagement when we are willing to embrace what we really bring to the table of business, relationships and life.
And then we MAGNIFY (Step 3) our Signature Move through leverage in each interaction, connection, and transaction for the rest of our lives, and in turn, keep The Promise as Leaders.
What’s your Signature Move? Here’s your process:
- Identify = Discover
- Clarify = Refine
- Magnify = Leverage
We call this “Creating Legendary Leaders”, because legends keep promises, and this all comes together when we realize it is up to us to own our amazing talents, strengthen them, help others find theirs, and bless the world with what we’ve got that is uniquely ours.
That is your differentiator.
That is what makes you invaluable and indispensable.
That is your Signature Move!
That is what makes you Legendary as both a Leader and a Performer.
When you discover, and ultimately share, your uniquely YOU Signature Move, you make a difference in this world and live the life you were intended to live.
So let’s return to the beginning – What makes you Stand Out in this world?
It’s your Signature Move. Are you using it?
Enjoy this video of my comedy routine, showcasing this incredibly funny identifying metaphor using my face, as to how we can all clarify our Signature Moves and keep our Promise to share it with the world as an incredible differentiator, your gift of Leverage in Leadership.
I look forward to us finding more clarity about your uniqueness together next week.
Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is the philosophy for “Creating Legendary Leaders”, meaning every person in your organization is a Leader. His presentations are intended to provoke you, not just inspire. You will be entertained by one of the most celebrated performers of the past 20 years in Jason’s uncanny performance of music and comedy, while equally discovering your personal differentiator, uniqueness, leadership qualities, and how to improve workplace enjoyment while driving sales to legendary heights. jasonhewlett.com
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