An Elevator Statement

Wow, it’s been some time since I’ve said hello to you all. This post is one I’ve been thinking about for a while now. 

Back in May I was being interviewed for the job I can now call mine. In one of the interviews with the Managing Director he asked me if I’d ever had an elevator statement. I hadn’t.

So, you have to imagine you’re on the 30th floor of a building and in the lift gets the head of the company who can turn your career into something amazing. You have sixty seconds till you get to the ground floor and you have to tell him about you.

At the time of my interview I went blank – that actually rarely happens to me. So my terrible elevator statement was basically reciting my employment history. I asked the MD what he would say. I was surprised that his was so personal. He told me after I started working with him we would revisit this topic.

I have been with this amazing company now for a month.

Today I walked into my bosses office and presented him with my elevator statement. He wouldn’t read it, instead he made me read it to him. I warned him that I am quite a deep and emotional person and you can tell he was really interested to hear what I was going to say. 

So here it is;

My name is Christine Stephens. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. My family and friends are the most important part of my life.

I am married to a man who makes me smile everyday. A man who has held my hand every step of the way.

I am a mother to four beautiful children, three in my arms and one forever in my heart. Losing my daughter taught me the most I’ve ever learnt about myself. She taught me what living is really about, she taught me how important a balance in life is, she taught me the real depth of love and how important relationships are with friends, family and colleagues. She taught me to realise how blessed I really am.

I am a daughter to parents who have taught me trust, forgiveness, communication, loyalty and ethics. Most of all they taught me to feel loved and share that love with others. That being kind gets you further than being ambitious.

I am a sister to a younger sister and younger brother. Without my sister I sometimes wonder how I would’ve got through some of the hardest days of my life. She is my best friend, a person who was put on this earth to understand me and love me for all that I am and I her. My brother is here to challenge me on so many levels, I have a deep love and affection for him that I will never be able to explain to him. He is someone who makes me smile and laugh from my belly when I spend time with him. I am grateful I have them both.

It has taken some time but I am surrounded by people who are the same and also very different to me. I only surround myself with people who understand that friendship is two way, there is always giving and receiving. These friends have kept me grounded, made me laugh and watched me cry. A lot of these friends started off as colleagues and have become an important part of my life.

I strive to be the best I can be everyday, personally and professionally. I love my work and am proud of what I do. I like to be challenged, I like to be taken outside of my comfort zone every now and then, but most of all I love the interaction of collaborating with many different people and making a  difference.

This is who I am.

Happy Friday xx

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