The interesting thing about show and tell is that almost always it’s the show that’s the most interesting part of the act. A compelling visual subject can virtually stand alone...without any supportive words at all. Talking about slimy worms isn’t nearly as effective as letting people see and feel them. The same applies to presentations, art and science projects. And even more so to illustrating your work. Now it’s easier than ever to create a digital trail...a place for people to see you as an individual. Facebook and Instagram aren’t good places for this though...because they aren’t yours. You don’t control the canvas or how people will see it. Alternatively a website is still in your hands, at least for now.
Anyone interested in showing their work can do this...
- But a URL (Your name if it’s still available. Or something unique to you)- $10-$15 annually
- Buy printable business cards (the ones that come on 8X11 perforated sheets are inexpensive and widely available)- $10
- Print the URL on the card (nothing else)
- Hand out the cards to people (friends, family, co-workers...people who trust you)
Realizing the website is a blank canvas at the beginning, your job is to fill it up...with your interests, projects, hobbies, writings, videos of your dancing, how dogs make you smile and the toughest problem you’ve ever solved. The goal here is twofold...1. To create a place where people gain insight into your core values and your remarkable work; and 2. To practice putting yourself out there. Over time, the presentation will improve and you’ll become more comfortable handing that business card to more people.
Go show more. Perhaps you’ll need to tell less.