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Your Optimal Reply When Asked, “What Do You Do?” Is 2 Short Sentences

“So, what do you do?”

You’ll hear that question a zillion times in your career but have you conceived of even one good answer? Few people have.

The answer seems simple, easy, straightforward: I’m in finance…IT…accounting…sales…(fill in the blank).
But those are generic, bland, non-descriptive, unhelpful replies. They don’t reveal what you actually do.

The questioner asks for a verb, you give an adjective. They seek enlightenment, you obscure. They seek information, you supply a label. The listener wants a picture, you give a grunt. You help neither yourself nor your listener with truncated answers.

Time to get it right.

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