Whenever I wrote an online profile, I used to introduce myself with:
Hi! I’m Pace. I’m a bi poly kinky pagan gamer geek.
Now I say:
Hi! I’m Pace. I’m a spiritual idealist entrepreneur.
I’m still bi, I’m still poly, I’m still kinky, I’m still pagan(ish), I’m still a gamer, and I’m a geek. I still identify with each and every one of those labels.
So why the change?
It’s because of marketing. And since marketing is communication, it’s about communication.
The point of communication is to successfully convey what you want to convey. What you intend to convey doesn’t matter as much as the actual result of your communication — what the other person ends up understanding.
What does this have to do with your online profile, Pace?
How you identify doesn’t matter as much as the actual result of what you write about yourself. What kind of people will it resonate with? What will the outcome be?
In my case, I already have oodles of cool friends who are bi poly kinky pagan gamer geeks. When you co-lead the Freak Revolution, you can expect that. (: But I don’t have many friends who are spiritual idealist entrepreneurs, especially not in Austin. So that’s what I want to focus on.
Of course, honesty is paramount. If people feel baited and switched (regardless of whether you intended to bait and switch them), no one wins. But even among the true stories, there are millions of different true stories you can tell about yourself. Each of them will resonate differently with different people.
What story do you want to tell?
Wait, this isn’t just about online profiles?
Can you see how this applies to everything?
- Your website
- Your blog
- Your business
- How you dress
- What you talk about on a first date
- How and where you spend your money
- How and where you spend your time
- How you live your life
In everything you do, you tell a story. Sometimes with words, sometimes with actions. Usually, we think self-consciously, “What does this story say about me?”
Today, I want you to think about this question instead:
What outcome will result from this story?