The Perfect Way to Introduce Yourself (in Any Setting)

Insecurities can be maddening. Yet, something amazing happens when you give yourself permission to just be yourself and trust that you are more than enough. You are exactly who we all need you to be. Triumphs and failures and all! I really enjoyed this post and I think you will, too.

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While I have no soccer skills, I once played in a fairly competitive adult soccer league with my then-teenage stepson. I was terrible, but I played because he asked me to. (When your kids get older and ask you to do something with them, the first time you say no might be the last time you get asked.)

As we took the field before a game, a guy on the other team strutted over, probably picking me out because I was clearly the oldest player on the field. (There’s a delightful sentence to write.)

“Hello,” he said. “I’m Louis Winthorpe III, CEO of My Company Is Better Than Yours Inc.” (Not real names, but accurate in spirit.)

“Hi, I’m Jeff,” I said…

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