We came here for dental work and a holiday and it's been fabulous. There are a lot of Aussies here, possibly more Aussies than Thais, though I haven’t done a head count. As a result of spending quite a bit of time in Patong waiting in the dentist's reception area, we’ve met many fellow Aussies and struck up conversations and the one theme that nearly always gets a great rapport happening is sport. Rugby League in particular, though my man could talk about ANY sport under water with a mouth full of marbles!
It’s a beautiful thing watching a camaraderie unfold between two blokes who love their footy – and it isn’t just at the dentist, it’s in the busess, in restaurants, in taxis, at our resort lobby, by the pool (did I mention we’re having a great holiday?) - just about anywhere. And if there’s another Aussie bloke nearby, he sits up straight and listens, smiles and nods, and before you can say “State of Origin” he’s in on the banter as well.
I just love that – though I think it might be time I learned more about footy...
Have you ever struggled with writing about you on your website? Writing about yourself is probably the hardest thing to do. It's emotional and even though we want to tell others about our gifts and talents, we want to do it without sounding vain - right? That's why blogging is good for you, it loosens you up a little.
The clue is to write as if you're talking, it's just conversation, so put your little quirky words in there and abbreviate. Nothing makes text so boring as the "stiff upper lip" or formal tone, like "it is with great pleasure that I invite you to browse through my website". How's this instead "I'm so excited to show you my stuff, check out the pages here on my site and let me know what you think" or if that's too casual for you, find something in between.
What I do is imagine I'm writing or talking to someone I know really well, or if it's business related, imagine your ideal client and talk to them. Tell then stuff they want to know. Just like I'm talking to you right now! Does it feel like we're having a chat? Can you hear my tone? Is it friendly and natural? Go on, try it!