One of the main reasons I started this blog was to “find my voice”. I knew I was really good at certain things – finding patterns, listening, synthesizing information, etc. However, I wasn’t clear on how to package it so I could offer it to people who needed help with those things. I knew however, that once I started writing about these things and anything else that came up while I was writing those things, that it would start to evolve and coalesce into something.
And, that is what you see now on this site. Work is being done on the backside to make it prettier and more “palatable” to others. But, the main goal of gaining clarity around what I offer has definitely taken form.
To that end, the first things I am offering to help you gain clarity and find your own voice, involve writing:
- Morning pages – these were made famous by Julia Cameron in The Writers’ Way. She suggested writing (with your hand and pen and paper) 3 pages, every morning, of anything and everything that came to your mind. It didn’t have to make sense. It is more of a download of the stuff that we carry around in our heads that sometimes just needs to get out, so we can get to the juicy bits. And, sometimes, in these pages of “junk” you find some gems. So, I highly recommend these for clearing space to allow creativity to peep through.
- Blogging – This is my favorite, especially if you have a business that you are building. It allows people to get to know you on a more personal level and it helps you get clearer about what your message is and what you want to offer to the world. Even if you don’t have a website, you can start blogging, even anonymously, just for this purpose if you like.
- Get Interviewed – This one is for my “speakers” (versus “writers”) – if writing causes you to simply freeze up even if you don’t have an audience for it (or maybe BECAUSE you don’t have an audience for it), then have a chat with someone. You can hire someone to help with this, or set up some times with people who are your ideal clients and offer to buy them coffee while you chat to them about your ideas and thoughts. It’s a great way to get validation or clarity around what works and what doesn’t.
- Network – This is the same concept as #3, except you are doing it at group events where you are meeting people who are your ideal clients. You might not have as much time to spend chatting them up, but you can get a good feel for what language and words resonate with them, so you can begin to develop your message from that.
- Uncover your signature system – Of course, this is by far the best way in my book. Because once you know your system, you can speak so easily to others about it, and easily create marketing materials or products and programs that clearly deliver your message.
Let me know in the comments below of any other things that have worked for you!