Can Your Awesomeness Be Contained To 7 Words?

Recently, I came across a discussion in a LinkedIn Group that I manage, where a member posted an interesting Discussion topic that sparked over 175 comments. It was a simple request:

Can Your Awesomeness Be Contained To 7 Words?

Describe what you do in exactly 7 words.

It was interesting to see all of the responses to the question over a few weeks, and through them I learned about/became interested in several people that I wasn’t familiar with who conveyed their personal or business brand in a concise and meaningful way.

Others paid no attention to the 7-word limit, and rambled on as they likely would in person (rule-breakers). A few used less that 7 words (show-offs/also rule-breakers), and at least one person answered the question several times with a different 7-word response each time (confused).

Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a business owner, a person in career transition, or a recent college grad, it’s important to have a descriptive and succinct response to the inevitable question you’ll encounter when meeting someone for the first time – “What do you do?”.

And while it’s not typically required to limit yourself to 7 words, I think this is a good exercise, and worth your time to figure out a concise way to describe who you are, and what you do

Can you describe your awesomeness in exactly 7 words?

Give it a shot in the comments!

And if you’re wondering what the perfect 7 word description is for myself…

World’s only human who doesn’t drink coffee.

Okay, I got to get to work on that. 🙂


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58 thoughts on “Can Your Awesomeness Be Contained To 7 Words?

  1. Hi Jason,
    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my recent blog post at Cincy Recruiter's World: Can Your Awesomeness Be Contained To 7 Words!
    So far, over 40 people have accepted the challenge and some great examples have been shared. I even added a few of the early submissions as good examples of Personal Branding Statements to a presentation I did for a women's leadership group last week! (http://www.cincyrecruiter.com/cincy_recruiter/2010/02/personal-branding-and-women-leaders.html)
    And now for the "winner" of the $25 Starbucks Gift Card as chosen via http://www.random.org (drumroll please)…  Tim Sackett! Tim's "Recruit talented professionals so fast you'll freak" is both descriptive and matches Tim's personality – which can be found on display regularly at Fistful of Talent – http://www.fistfuloftalent.com/meet-tim-sackett-covering-talent-and-technical-recruiting-for-fistful-of-talent.html.
    I hope you'll continue to check out Cincy Recruiter's World and help me/other readers to get smarter by sharing more of your comments in the future!
    Jennifer McClure
    Cell: 513-907-6461
    Email: cincyrecruiter@gmail.com
    Blog: http://www.cincyrecruiter.com
    Connect With Me

  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my recent blog post at Cincy Recruiter's World: Can Your Awesomeness Be Contained To 7 Words!
    So far, over 40 people have accepted the challenge and some great examples have been shared. I even added a few of the early submissions as good examples of Personal Branding Statements to a presentation I did for a women's leadership group last week! (http://www.cincyrecruiter.com/cincy_recruiter/2010/02/personal-branding-and-women-leaders.html)
    And now for the "winner" of the $25 Starbucks Gift Card as chosen via http://www.random.org (drumroll please)…  Tim Sackett! Tim's "Recruit talented professionals so fast you'll freak" is both descriptive and matches Tim's personality – which can be found on display regularly at Fistful of Talent – http://www.fistfuloftalent.com/meet-tim-sackett-covering-talent-and-technical-recruiting-for-fistful-of-talent.html.
    I hope you'll continue to check out Cincy Recruiter's World and help me/other readers to get smarter by sharing more of your comments in the future!
    Jennifer McClure
    Cell: 513-907-6461
    Email: cincyrecruiter@gmail.com
    Blog: http://www.cincyrecruiter.com
    Connect With Me

  3. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my recent blog post at Cincy Recruiter's World: Can Your Awesomeness Be Contained To 7 Words!
    So far, over 40 people have accepted the challenge and some great examples have been shared. I even added a few of the early submissions as good examples of Personal Branding Statements to a presentation I did for a women's leadership group last week! (http://www.cincyrecruiter.com/cincy_recruiter/2010/02/personal-branding-and-women-leaders.html)
    And now for the "winner" of the $25 Starbucks Gift Card as chosen via http://www.random.org (drumroll please)…  Tim Sackett! Tim's "Recruit talented professionals so fast you'll freak" is both descriptive and matches Tim's personality – which can be found on display regularly at Fistful of Talent – http://www.fistfuloftalent.com/meet-tim-sackett-covering-talent-and-technical-recruiting-for-fistful-of-talent.html.
    I hope you'll continue to check out Cincy Recruiter's World and help me/other readers to get smarter by sharing more of your comments in the future!
    Jennifer McClure
    Cell: 513-907-6461
    Email: cincyrecruiter@gmail.com
    Blog: http://www.cincyrecruiter.com
    Connect With Me

  4. Hi Rob,
    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my recent blog post at Cincy Recruiter's World: Can Your Awesomeness Be Contained To 7 Words!
    So far, over 40 people have accepted the challenge and some great examples have been shared. I even added a few of the early submissions as good examples of Personal Branding Statements to a presentation I did for a women's leadership group last week! (http://www.cincyrecruiter.com/cincy_recruiter/2010/02/personal-branding-and-women-leaders.html)
    And now for the "winner" of the $25 Starbucks Gift Card as chosen via http://www.random.org (drumroll please)…  Tim Sackett! Tim's "Recruit talented professionals so fast you'll freak" is both descriptive and matches Tim's personality – which can be found on display regularly at Fistful of Talent – http://www.fistfuloftalent.com/meet-tim-sackett-covering-talent-and-technical-recruiting-for-fistful-of-talent.html.
    I hope you'll continue to check out Cincy Recruiter's World and help me/other readers to get smarter by sharing more of your comments in the future!
    Jennifer McClure
    Cell: 513-907-6461
    Email: cincyrecruiter@gmail.com
    Blog: http://www.cincyrecruiter.com
    Connect With Me

  5. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment! There are some really good responses among these, but now it’s time to pick the winner of the $25 Starbucks Gift Card.
    Random.org picked number 4 – and the 4th person to comment was Tim Sackett of Fistful of Talent fame: http://www.fistfuloftalent.com/meet-tim-sackett-covering-talent-and-technical-recruiting-for-fistful-of-talent.html
    I love Tim’s statement – Recruit talented professionals so fast you’ll freak. Perfect!
    Congrats Tim!

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