kierkegaardAt the end of The Devil Wears Prada, Anne Hathaway goes into a job interview and her prospective boss asks her about her tenure at Runway…

His exact words were: My only question is, Runway?

You were there for less than a year.

What the hell kind of a blip is that?

Then Anne Hathaway responds: Learned a lot.

The reason I bring this up is because if you’ve made a career change, explaining how you got to where you are can be a huge point of consternation.

It can be uncomfortable

It can feel irrelevant

It can be confusing

If it’s confusing to you, it’s definitely confusing to your audience.

Listen to The Pitch Podcast this week for three prompts to formalize the story of your professional experience, dress it up and show us how it all fits together. This is the exact process I use with my clients to get to the heart of who they are and what they do, when it comes to their work.

Tell me in the comments below if you’ve ever struggled to find the through-line of your professional experience. What did you find when you looked for the details that are still relevant?