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What's Your Journey Line?

by Melissa Schwartz     Mar 11, 2014 8:41:00 AM

On February 17 Jimmy Fallon hosted his first episode of the Tonight Show.  Besides making me very happy, Jimmy did something super cool. Before delivering his first monologue he shared with his audience who he is, who his cast of characters are, and what kind of show everyone can expect from him.  Brilliant.  And familiar.

At PowerSpeaking, Inc., one of our largest clients uses a similar strategy when a new executive moves into a leadership role.  They call it a “Journey Line”.  Each new Senior Leader is expected to introduce him/herself to the organization by delivering a brief presentation using visuals, descriptive language, and vulnerability. Why?  The benefits are huge and long lasting.



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The benefits of delivering a journey line:
  • Goes beyond a simple introduction
  • Shows vulnerability and warmth
  • Allows your team to connect to you quickly
  • It’s memorable and meaningful

 Those benefits allow for the new leader to have their executive presence on display.


Interested in preparing your own Journey Line?  Here are some questions and ideas to consider.

  • What have been the defining moments in your life that have led you to where you are today?
  • Who have been the mentors that have helped you along the way?
  • What have been the lessons you have learned at each pivotal moment in your life and career?
  • Use photos from your childhood to enhance your visuals.
  • Divide your story into sections and name them.
  • Use a theme that can be pulled in verbally and visually.
  • Make sure you can deliver your Journey Line in less than 15 minutes.


So the next time you find yourself in a new position, remember how Jimmy Fallon introduced himself and ask yourself, “What would my Journey Line be?”


What interesting thing did you do to introduce yourself to your team?

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Melissa Schwartz

Topics: Career Advancement, Executive Presence, Speaking to Employees, Leadership

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