So I’ve been doing some thinking.
I was out having dinner a few days ago, and made friends with the restaurant manager. A few minutes into our conversation, she asks me:
“So, what do you do for a living?”
“Well, I umm… I uhh, I do a lot of things!” I say.
Now normally, that question is easy to answer. But because I’ve been travelling a lot for different reasons, I really didn’t know what to say. I got stumped. It was if my brain became an Etch-A-Sketch that I shook to wipe out all knowledge from my brain.
I probably sounded like a dumbass.
“No, really, I DO do a lot of things. I’m a choreographer, so I get to put dances together for shows and events. I was just in Montreal choreographing for a big corporate event, and…”
As I’m saying this, I start to notice her zoning out.
“…I’m a teacher,” I say. People usually respond well to teachers.
“Oh really? What do you teach?”
Now. Before I continue, I want to meet up with you next Wednesday night. Because I think you’ll be able to help me figure out what I do, and how I should respond to people when they ask me “What Do You Do?” for a living!
If you haven’t heard, Wednesday September 3rd will be the launch for Canada’s first ever CLUB hip hop class. It’s called “So You Think You Can Dance Wednesdays” and you can get more info here:
Anyway, back to my story…
“Oh really? What do you teach?” she asks, which I quickly reply “Tap dance and hip hop. I teach all ages, and all levels of experience.”
Now she’s interested, and pipes up: “That’s so cool. I can’t dance!”
There’s that WORD I talked about last week! Grrr…
“So do you have a studio of your own?”
I told her I don’t (for now), and we talked more about dance, travelling, her goals, and other chit chat.
I was actually texting back and forth with the club owner Mr. T. when I was alone, so I told her about the new Wednesday night hip hop class. I joked about the restaurant being my “office” which again, she thought was totally cool.
Now here’s what I find interesting:
Whenever you tell someone you’re a teacher, you get all the attention in the world. People are all ears. They get all excited like a puppy who greets you after a long day away from home.
Why is that?
If I had the opportunity to go back in time, I would have that conversation again. But this time, when she asked me “So, what do you do for a living?” I would say:
“I try to inspire people.”
That’s it. I try to inspire people. Simple. Because that’s what teachers do.
That would probably open the doors up to more meaningful conversation. Because, “HOW do I inspire people” is a cool question in itself. Then, I could simply say, “Come to my office and see for yourself.”
Pretty cool huh?
So my friend, come to my office next Wednesday night. Come see what I do! You just might be inspired.
Visit this link to find out what else you’ll be getting by showing up:
Visit this link to find out what the cost is (after it’s free):
Notice that the links are the same. Go there now. Honestly, it takes like what, 3 seconds?
I’m really looking forward to the night. It’ll be a chance to dance and hang out with you and all my peeps, students and subscribers.
I look forward to meeting up!
– Shawn B