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Be clear (and enthusiastic) about what you do
Some people call this the elevator pitch. It’s actually the standing-around-at-drinks pitch. (No one wants to make small talk in an elevator. Creepy and invasive.) You need to be able to explain what you do very succinctly and in an interesting manner.”

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source: Design Is a Job (New York: A Book Apart, 2012), 44.

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“There have always been relentless and empty-headed self-promoters, although in the good old days we used to ignore them, rather than give them their own reality show.”

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source: “January 2008,” in Shakespeare Wrote for Money (San Francisco, CA: Believer Books, 2008), 98.

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