I've mentioned in a previous post that Kristin and I have been going through the Braid Creative Brandign ECourse together for the past four weeks. It's been really fun to see where our overlaps and our total differences come to light! One of the exercises we LOVED discussing was who we would invite to our "dinner party."
Imagine you are having a party (hopefully your party has cool hats tpp) and you can invite anyone in the world. Dead or alive. Real or fiction. The catch? Each person represents aspects of your own personal brand. Who would you want to spend your evening talking with? What is it about them that draws you to them?
When you have a personal brand you get to keep your party small with just a couple of guests. But us? We're a duo. And that means all of our personalities get to come together in one room to rage for the evening. We like to imagine ourselves at the head of either end of the table and our guest split on each side.
Lindsay's Side of the Table
If this guest surprises you, you clearly don't know me well enough yet. Yes, she wrote my favorite book series in the world, but she's also just brilliant. I love that she is such a beautiful example of perseverance in even the toughest of times. I feel like in even just a short conversation she could have so much valuable advice to provide, I can't imagine what could be learned from her over the dinner table.
I had always admired Jessica Hische's work. But I think my true girl crush started after I saw her speak at circles. She had cheesy jokes and serious skills. I use the techniques she talked about in her talk in my #lettersbylindsay posts! But really, she's invited to our party so I can attempt to make her my BFF.
SURPRISE! You thought I was done talking about Harry Potter? I'm pretty much never done with that. But in honesty, I have always loved Hermione, even when she is annoying. No one cares more than her and there is definitely no one that works harder than her. I would love to talk to her about whatever book she's just read, because you just know she can only speak about it passionately.
I have been an Amy fan for a while, but Yes, Please made me fall in love with her. (She actually reads her audiobooks guys, it's brilliant). I love that Amy could easily be the life of the party without hardly even trying. And I would love to talk with her about her awesome long working relationship with Tina Fey! I feel like we could learn so much from their partnership.
Kristin's Side of the Table
I first fell in love with Elaine when I saw this image. And then I watched her documentary and I fell even more in love (Search Shoot Me on Netflix). If you don’t know of Elaine, I like to think of her as the original Amy Poehler, but a little more outspoken. She’s got a spot at my table to encourage my voice to speak up. No matter the conversation that would be happening, I know she'd have something to say.
Who isn't a little inspired by 'Yonce? She's a #girlboss mixed with a badass. For me, Beyonce represents this incredibly sexy and strong career woman that I hope to embody just an ounce of. While sipping some Rose at dinner, I'd love to hear about her, Jay, and Blue's latest adventure.
I discovered Elle when her article on Medium went viral. You could and should read it here. And then while you're at it, go grab her book here. Her passion is rooted in following your must. She wants your dream to be reality. I invited her to the party so I could hear her stories of passion following.
Jen is the creative director over at Ban.do. When we did this exercise, the only for sure person Lindsay knew was going to be on my side of the table was this lady. I have a bit of a girl crush. Go listen to this podcast and fall in love too. Jen is a little bit of all the ladies above. She's got a bit of Elaine's sass, some of Beyonce's creativity mastermind skills, and is following her must (Elle's mantra). She sums up the woman I hope I'm growing into: a smart-minded #girlboss who's really real and proud to proclaim exactly who she is.
It's Party Time
Let's pop the cork on the wine and get this party started (seriously, we wish).
This exercise is a little aspirational, a little who you are now, but altogether a fun look at the different aspects of yourself. So tell us, who's at your dinner party?