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如何推銷(xiāo)自我How to Sell Yourself

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2022年05月18日

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The opening sentence of our pitch1 is our most important. And too many of us are getting it wrong.

自我推銷(xiāo)的開(kāi)場(chǎng)白最為重要。而我們當中有太多人都做錯了。

A man recently connected with me on LinkedIn, and sent me this note: “Let me know if you ever need a writer.”

最近有位男士在領(lǐng)英上與我聯(lián)系,并向我發(fā)送了這樣的信息:“您若需要撰稿人請聯(lián)系我。”

I guess he’s a writer? I don’t know! But I do know this: The phrase “Let me know if you ever need a…” shows up a lot, in my inbox and surely yours, too. I’ve come to think of it as the eight most deadly words in entrepreneurship—because that phrase is the death of opportunity. We should all step back and think: Have we used these words? Have we used similar words? And if so, have we failed to seize the moment?

我猜他是一位撰稿人?我不知道!但我確實(shí)知道的是:“您若需要請聯(lián)系我”這樣的措辭在我的收件箱中出現過(guò)很多次,當然你的郵箱里肯定也有。我將其視為對創(chuàng )業(yè)最為致命的八個(gè)字,因為這段話(huà)意味著(zhù)機會(huì )的喪失。我們都應該回想一下:我們用過(guò)這些詞或類(lèi)似的詞嗎?如果用過(guò),我們是否未能抓住機會(huì )?

“Let me know if you ever need a…”

“您若需要請聯(lián)系我”

Let’s break it down to understand.

為了便于理解我們分析如下。

First, consider the aspiration. This is written by someone hoping to provide a service. If they’re a writer, they’d like to write. Publicists or entrepreneurs might want press coverage, so they’ll tell me, “Let me know if you ever need a story about a dynamic2 CEO.” A B2B company might want Entrepreneur as a client, so they’ll say, “Let me know if you ever need a better customer service solution.”

首先,考慮愿望。這是希望提供服務(wù)的人寫(xiě)的。如果他們是撰稿人,他們想寫(xiě)東西。公關(guān)人員或創(chuàng )業(yè)者可能希望獲得媒體報道,所以他們會(huì )告訴我:“您若需要有關(guān)充滿(mǎn)創(chuàng )新思維的首席執行官的報道請聯(lián)系我。”企業(yè)對企業(yè)的公司可能希望發(fā)展《企業(yè)邦》為客戶(hù),因此他們會(huì )說(shuō):“您若需要更好的客戶(hù)服務(wù)解決方案請聯(lián)系我。”

But now consider the approach. These people are being standoffish3. Rather than selling themselves, they’re shifting the burden onto someone else to make the sale. If I need a writer, I should reach out to them. If I need a story, I should ask them for an interview. If I need a customer service solution, I should ask them for details. “Let me know if you ever need a…” sounds like an invitation, but it’s really a shrug. It’s like putting a dollar on a table and hoping someone picks it up, buys a winning lottery ticket with it, and then gives you the spoils4.

但是現在推敲這種方法。這些人有些傲慢。他們不是在推銷(xiāo)自己,而是將推銷(xiāo)重任轉給其他人。如果我需要撰稿人,我應該聯(lián)系他們。如果我需要一篇報道,我應該請他們接受采訪(fǎng)。如果我需要客戶(hù)服務(wù)解決方案,我應該向他們詢(xún)問(wèn)詳細信息。“您若需要請聯(lián)系我”聽(tīng)起來(lái)像是邀請,但實(shí)際上卻滿(mǎn)不在乎。這就像在桌上放一美元,希望有人拿起它,用它購買(mǎi)彩票,然后給你分大獎。

I understand where these people are coming from. They don’t want to seem pushy5. They don’t want to appear needy6. They’re afraid of sounding too self-promotional. I can appreciate the instinct. I don’t want to look pushy either! I’m also turned off by people who appear needy! But their approach misses something critical. “Let me know if you ever need a…” doesn’t propose any value. Is this person a good writer? Is this CEO worthy of a story? Is this customer service tool beloved by others in my field? I don’t know, because when this person shifted the sales burden onto me, they also shifted the research burden onto me. They gave me no knowledge. They gave me nothing to be excited about. They showed me no opportunity.

我知道這些人的本意。他們不想表現得急于求成。他們不想顯得毫無(wú)自信。他們害怕聽(tīng)起來(lái)過(guò)于自吹自擂。我能理解這種天性。我也不想顯得咄咄逼人!我也不喜歡沒(méi)自信的人!但是他們的方法缺少一樣關(guān)鍵的東西。“您若需要請聯(lián)系我”不會(huì )彰顯任何價(jià)值。這個(gè)人是不錯的撰稿人嗎?這位首席執行官值得報道嗎?這個(gè)客戶(hù)服務(wù)工具是否受到我所在領(lǐng)域其他人的鐘愛(ài)?我不知道,因為當這個(gè)人把推銷(xiāo)的重任轉嫁給我時(shí),他們也把調研的任務(wù)轉移給了我。他們沒(méi)有讓我了解情況。他們沒(méi)有呈現讓我感興趣的東西。他們沒(méi)有向我展示機會(huì )。

Imagine the situation in which I’d assign a story to the writer who said, “Let me know if you ever need a writer.” I would have needed… a writer. Just any writer. Anyone who can string words together. I would have needed to be in a panic, so desperate for someone to contribute to our magazine that I’d stopped thinking about great writers, or good writers, or even serviceable writers, and simply settled for: writer.

想象一下我將報道任務(wù)安排給對我說(shuō)“您若需要請聯(lián)系我”的撰稿人。我得需要……一位撰稿人。任何撰稿人都可以。任何可以將字詞串在一起的人。我得是處于慌張狀態(tài),迫切希望有人為我們的雜志撰稿,以至于不再考慮出色的撰稿人、令人滿(mǎn)意的撰稿人,甚至是有用的撰稿人,而只是隨便抓一個(gè)撰稿人。

This is not a situation that exists. The world is full of good options! Me, and you, and everyone else—we are not living in times of scarcity. If we need a job done, there are plenty of qualified people to do it. Our question is: Who’s the best?

這種情形不會(huì )出現。世界充滿(mǎn)了不錯的選擇!我,還有你,還有其他所有人——我們不是生活在人才短缺時(shí)期。如果我們要人完成一項工作,有很多人可以勝任。我們的問(wèn)題是:誰(shuí)能做得最好?

If you want to create opportunity for yourself, answer that question convincingly.

如果你想為自己創(chuàng )造機會(huì ),那就要給出令人信服的答案。

The first thing to do is show someone that you are the opportunity. Hiring you can help them. Telling your story is good for them. Opportunity is not a handout. It’s a symbiotic7 matching of needs—you need what I have, and I need what you have, and now we’ve got an opportunity for each other.

首先要做的是表明你就是機會(huì )。雇用你可以有助于他們。發(fā)你的報道對他們有益。機會(huì )不是施舍。這是需求的共生匹配,你需要我所擁有的,我需要你所擁有的,現在我們相互給了對方一個(gè)機會(huì )。

We need to stop hiding behind ourselves. Get out in front! Sell yourself and your amazing abilities. Understand someone’s problem, and explain exactly why you’re the solution.

我們無(wú)須遮遮掩掩。要開(kāi)門(mén)見(jiàn)山!推銷(xiāo)自我并展現自己的不凡實(shí)力。洞悉問(wèn)題所在,并詳細說(shuō)明為什么你能解決問(wèn)題。

“Let me know if you ever need a...”? No. Never. Instead, start with: “Let me explain how I can help you.”

“您若需要請聯(lián)系我”?不,千萬(wàn)別這么說(shuō)。你的開(kāi)場(chǎng)白應當是:“我來(lái)說(shuō)說(shuō)我能如何幫到您。”

Now I’m listening.

現在我正洗耳恭聽(tīng)。

(賈森·法伊費爾 譯/張成偉)


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