“Did you leave your Excel shirt at home?”
How To Wear Conversation Starters
It's no secret that we love PowerPoint. So yes, we made sweatshirts to prove it. They're navy blue with simplistic block letters—a kind of homage to the academic and ever-evolving school of PowerPoint. And yes, okay, Animal House.
While the GhostRanch logo is on the back, the large POWERPOINT lettering inevitably draws attention and becomes subject to various comments whenever I wear it.
"What're you presenting?"
"Did you leave your excel shirt at home?"
Jeff told us that someone once yelled at him from across a bar: "Keynote is better!!" (Fighting words).
People find it funny because graphic designers aren't walking around wearing shirts that say "Photoshop" (or maybe they are). Researchers don't have SPSS letterman jackets. It's geeky, WE KNOW.
But what if we did rep the software of our choosing like we do the sports teams we worship?
Each comment I receive typically results in a few laughs, an explanation, and one or two more people learning about GhostRanch. It's a great way to talk about your company without bringing your business cards everywhere you go and shoving them in people's hands.
Mikey and I have talked on the 'cast about how important it is to succinctly summarize what it is you do and work those tidbits organically into informal conversation. Newsflash: you actually don't have to be at a networking event with a name-tag to network.
If you're passionate about what you do and don't mind making small talk (or people harassing you about the Microsoft Office Suite in public), consider screen-printing that passion onto a piece of your wardrobe. (Thanks, Ink Lounge!)
You just might run into another PowerPoint fan and make a connection.
Rancheros do everything together!