Quirky Much? How Your Oddities, Flaws and Peculiar Habits Help Build a Stronger Brand

Quirky Much? How Your Oddities, Flaws and Peculiar Habits Help Build a Stronger Brand

nerd girlYou and I may never meet in real life.

So there are a few things you might never learn about me.

The fact that I’m 6 ft. tall, for instance.

Or, that I generally operate on the “piles and post-its” filing system.

(But those are just surface quirks. Not the deeper, more meaningful kind to be revealed later…)

And yes, there are other quirks — weird passions and habits — that I do mention from time to time, that I believe help build the communication bridge between us.

Tidbits like my love for all-things sci-fi. My strange addiction to paranormal romance novels (okay, they’re trashy books gussied up with a little other-worldly afterglow). And my deep affection for sweet potatoes.

Watch my videos a little more closely and you might catch the fact that I have a waaay crooked smile. Or that I’m exceptionally well-endowed up top. (Trust me ladies, bigger is NOT always better.)

Again – these peculiar bits don’t mean a whole lot on their own. But they do help make me a little less one-dimensional, wouldn’t you say?

The funny thing is, these are all things that most people normally shy away from sharing. For fear of being seen as “unprofessional” or of revealing things that might hurt their reputations as “experts.” Or even looking a little silly.

They say things like, “Who cares if I’m the reigning pie-eating champ in four counties? It doesn’t really pertain to my business, so why on earth would I put in on my bio? Won’t it make me look dumb?”

Why, indeed!

Guess what?

Your weirdness makes you human. And being human is where it’s at — especially if you’re trying to build a strong brand and a successful business.

Branding, my friends, is all about story telling. And whether you like it or not, your brand tells a story.

That story can be boring as heck.

Or, engaging and interesting. Maybe even a story that your customers can’t wait to share with their friends.

The challenge is to make sure your story has lively and memorable characters.

You — as one of the main characters — need to be someone your audience finds fascinating.

Think of your marketing copy and content like a novel. Of course, you want your heroine to have a background, a history, and yes some motivations. Every author knows that.

But when we add weird quirks to the mix, then we’ve got a character our readers can relate to. A hero they can root for.

The trick is to find your sweet spot between the two extremes of buttoned-up-business and naked-like-a-streaker.

Here’s the kicker: it’s not that hard to do. Just start small.

Fear. Get Over It.

Clients constantly tell me: “I could never be who I really am. It’s just too ‘out there’ for my target market/professional circle/industry/etc.”

Helloooo?

Isn’t the first rule of marketing to find your USP (unique selling proposition)? To stand out and be memorable?

So why on earth would you want to fit in? Being unpopular is what you’re after!

You’re running a business, not surviving high school drama.

Here’s proof: Purple Cows. Yep. I’m pulling the Godin card on you. (Yes YOU. The one who’s afraid to step out and be your brilliant, weird-ass self. You know who you are.)

Branding and marketing is all about being different. So you can be visible. And then memorable.

It’s about finding your Secret Sauce and then using that to create a product or service that is so unique, so YOU, that it can’t be copied or duplicated by anyone. Least of all, your competitors.

But How Quirky is Too Quirky?

Usually, when I talk with clients about creating a signature dish, I have them focus first on their strengths, goals and passions. Their values. Their talents. You know, the good stuff.

And those are important, don’t get me wrong.

But if you only show people your good side, they’ll never identify with you as a fellow-human being. A person.

And we all know that (say it with me now) people buy from people they know, like and trust.

So yes, rapport is what we’re trying to build. Empathy and…okay — in a strange way, fitting in.

But this isn’t you fitting in with them.

Nope. This is them feeling like they belong with you. 

Because you’ve shown them someone they can relate to AND respect — flaws AND fortitude — in a way that helps both of you move your conversations toward the ones that really matter.

The trick is knowing when and where to add your idiosyncrasies to the conversation!

Here’s a little advice: don’t over do it.

Your personality needs to be there. Your voice, your opinions, your YOUness is the “salt” of your Secret Sauce.

Without it, your branding will just sit there like a bowl of oatmeal (sans the brown sugar, cranberries, toasted walnuts, and so on).

But too much, and your audience won’t be able to hear your true message — and your bright shiny vision and mission won’t have a prayer of being realized in all their glorious glory.

No, there’s no exact measurement or ratio I can give you for putting this together in the tastiest way possible. But, I can tell you it’s a lot like cooking.

The trick is to add your quirks a pinch at a time. Taste. Repeat. Until it clicks. Until you start getting a positive response from people. Until you start feeling like your whole, authentic self. Then, you’ll know you’ve got the recipe just right.

And a little advice? The more the quirk has nothing to do with your expertise, the more careful you should be about how often and where you share it.

For example, a little on your About Me page will go along way…just don’t lead with it. These are the kinds of things you say in passing — in a blog post (when it fits), in an email newsletter (when it’s appropriate), and yes, especially via social media.

What the Heck is a Quirk? (And how can you get some?)

It’s safe to say that the trauma of junior high school (and yes, high school and most of college) made us all believe that there are certain things we should keep to ourselves.

If you were like me, you endured your share of teasing. And so you did the best you could to NOT stand out.

I hit my current height at the age of 12. And blossomed into a C-cup by the time I was 14.

As you can imagine, these two things made it darn near impossible to hide. Even though I tried to make myself smaller. To hunch over and slink away unnoticed. It didn’t work.

Thankfully, my mom nipped that bad habit in the bud. She told me to stand up straight and look people in the eye. She said, “People can still see you when you hunch over. And all you’re going to do is end up with a bad back and a horrible attitude. Cut. It. Out!”

It wasn’t easy for me at first. In fact, it was pretty dang uncomfortable. So I know that sharing your authentic self might not feel normal. That it might even feel a bit scary.

That’s okay. Just know that now’s the time to come out of the proverbial closet and be who you are — warts and all.

Start small, grow BIG

Here are a few examples of peculiarities that folks shared with me on Facebook earlier this week.

Nancy (of Nancy Meadows Interior Design) says, “I don’t think loving peanut butter and mayo sandwiches is quirky. But, if someone sees me eating one or hears about my food favorite, they think it’s weirdly quirky. Now, peanut butter and banana sandwiches? That’s quirky!”

Katherine (of Haydn Grey Copywriting) told me, “I obsessively photograph food – (both mine and other people’s) My family always sighs with exasperation if their meal comes along and it looks nice because I have to photograph it before they can eat…When I spent four days in Japan a few years ago I took over 5,000 photographs — mainly of food.”

Rachel (of ruzuku.com) said, “I’m faceblind. I can barely recognize my own husband out of context.”

Jennifer (of  Scraps of Life) revealed, “[I've got an] “obsession” with monkeys…most probably calling myself “Queen of the Helper Monkeys” is a bit quirky. (And I see your paranormal romance thing and call it with my witchy mystery chick-lit.)”

Rachel (of ProNagger) shared three: “1. I consider books on philosophy, history, brain science and evolutionary psychology pleasure reading. 2. I still have my comfort object from childhood. 3. I literally fall down laughing.”

Joel (of JoelTrainsAuthors.com) confided, “It’s one I haven’t indulged in a while, but I used to LOVE to slide pretzel sticks into a bottle of coke, sip the foam that resulted from the salt, then slurp the soggy pretzels out of the bottle. Ahhh!”

Rebecka (of Monkeys Love Donuts) told me, “I talk to myself. out loud. a lot. (I spoke that last sentence as I typed.) Also – I can’t work unless I have a cup of coffee sitting next to me. I don’t necessarily drink it, but it has to be there.”

Did you notice a pattern? (I mean, besides the food references?) These are “safe” quirks. They’re not dangerous in any way, shape or form. They’re also not damning evidence that these folks can’t do their jobs. They’re just tiny oddities that help us see them from a different (slightly weird) perspective. Something that might make us smile. Or even laugh. Or — wonder more about them. (<–The Ultimate Marketing Goal.) And really, these are the best kind of quirks to start with.

What’s cool here is that these are also unexpected and unrelated to what the person does for a living. This concept is key.

If you’re a photographer by trade, then telling people you have a weird obsession for taking photographs doesn’t really help us see you in a different light. We expect photographers to be obsessed with taking photographs. And yes, that kind of thing can be helpful to your branding, too. Just in a different way than we’re discussing here.

When you get your sea legs and feel a little more confident, you can then choose to reveal a political opinion or your stance on something spiritual. (Those bigger, deeper quirks will help draw your right people to you super fast while simultaneously pushing away those that don’t belong. Revealing them takes courage, but can be uber-powerful.)

Here’s a layer of my own onion I haven’t pulled back before: I’m an ex-Mormon who is deeply spiritual (but not religious). My particular outlook on life (and business!) is that it’s all about the journey, not the destination. Now, that might seem like business heresy, so let me clarify: Yes, goals are crucial. Yes, planning needs to happen. But ultimately, being present and open and willing to play and enJOY what we’re doing (and learn from it), is what will make getting there worth every second of the ride.

How about you? Are you ready to reveal something strange about yourself to the world? Go ahead and share in a comment below. We’re all ears! Or, if you’re still too shy, share a another blogger’s quirk — something fun about someone you admire.

And if you’d like to get started on the whole self-inventory process (Step 1 of finding your Secret Sauce), click here to grab my free workbook and video.

This post is part of the May 2012 Word Carnival — a monthly group blogging event specifically for small business owners. (It’s the most fun you’ll have all month!) Check out the rest of the fabulous carney work here.

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  • Vina

    insightful article, tea! i love peanut butter and banana sandwiches, too, but with gooey honey on top.

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Thanks for stopping by, Vina. PB&B sandwiches were some of my favs as a kid. I don’t eat them as much any more, but only because I never remember to buy bananas. 

  • http://twitter.com/PJProductivity Annie Sisk

    Ooh – good point about the “not going too far with it” thing … I have seen a few folks try to emulate that in-your-face, salty + spicy style we associate with Erika Napoletano or Ash Ambirge for instance, but it doesn’t work – it backfires. Partially it may be that the style is inauthentic to them – I don’t know – but I *do* know that when it’s too much, you just *know* and feel like pulling back from the laptop screen, y’know? 

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      I think you hit the nail on the head — mostly it’s not authentic. If it ever sounds forced or over done, most of our BS meters kick in. A little salt goes a loooong way.

      • http://www.devacoaching.com Sandi Amorim

        And there’s nothing worse than over salted food! Bleh!

  • http://www.devacoaching.com Sandi Amorim

    “Your weirdness makes you human”…Can we just start teaching this to kids please???

    Love your perspective and wisdom around quirks. Makes me want to let even more of my quirkiness out! 

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Go ahead, girlfriend! Preach it. Let your quirks out — holding them in does nobody any good. Plus? I want to know just how weird you 
      really are. Bet I’m just as weird. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/CarolLynnRivera Carol Lynn Rivera

    Tea, what I love about everything you write is your easy way of relating it back to something near and dear to my heart… food! Love the example of adding salt. Spice it up, but don’t overdo. Brilliant.

    I have far too many “safe” quirks to begin to list. I love cigars and whiskey. I hate pink and girly stuff but I get all googley-eyed whenever someone wears something sparkly. I still slept with a teddy bear for 5 years into my marriage (fortunately for me, my husband has a sense of humor). 

    I find that “sprinkled in”, people respond to those sorts of things. Just look at all the great posts from everyone on this topic! Each and every person revealed some quirky things, one more fascinating than the next. It makes me want to collect you all in a big room and start passing out the cigars.

    And to agree with Annie, authenticity is key. The people who are “bad” at being quirky are the ones who are just trying to be quirky. Tea, thanks for your insight, I have some salting to do!

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Cigars! Hmmm…we’ll have to psychoanalyze that one. LOL – But whiskey? That I can relate to. The safe quirks are a great starting point. And what’s safe for you or me might be really scary to someone else. That teddy bear thing, for instance? I bet you would’ve had little fear about sharing it back when you were still sleeping with him. (I slept with a “blankie” until I was nearly 40…it happens!) 

      I DO agree with you on the one big room thing, tho. I wish we could have a party and hang out for realz. Carnies rock! 

  • http://www.anencouragingbird.com BirdyD – Roving Robin Reporter

    I, too, take a lot of pics of food. I see interesting shapes, or the local chickens have blessed with with lucky double-yolks, and suddenly, another piccy is in the offing.

    Most of the others ARE to do with my work: the belief in the paranormal, the talking with beings with different bodies (or no bodies at all), etc. :>

    Very useful reading this today & not just for the procrastination value! :-D :>

    Mike & I received  another Big Revelation (from #mktgchat in the case, not our Gallery) about how best to present our biz, so this is a very timely Carnival indeed! :-) :>

    Thank you kindly & have an Awesome! :>

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Thanks for stopping by, Birdy! You’ll have to tell me what the revelation was via #mktgchat…Curious!

      • http://www.anencouragingbird.com BirdyD – Roving Robin Reporter

         I can do that! :-D :>

        Mike & I were talking offline whilst it was going on as we often do, because there is just so much good  stuffs going on! :-)

        We were talking about how Josh Gates of ‘Destination Truth’ doesn’t have to ‘ask what his people want’, he just goes & does the explorations that he wants to do and then shares that with his tribe.

        We-as-his-tribe stick because we are interested in the story of the Journey.

        Armchair travellers at their best! :-) :>

        (I for one, while wanting to add travel into my world as money permits, have NO desire to go exploring like he does! :-D)

        SOOOOO… how that relates to us is to go back to our original thought of 2010, but with a twist that makes it more relevant: you can (safely!) explore the paranormal right here, right now, with who you are & what you have right now.

        We’ll share tips on how to do that, notes from our own Journey, and conversations with the people we talk to along the way.

        This neatly resolves the Sticking Place we’ve been having for quite some time now: this whole ‘oh, the customer is all!’ reminds Mike & I VERY UNPLEASANTLY of past history, and no, we’re not going to do it!!!

        It will be win-win-win or nothing at all.

        And we’re not going for nothing at all.

        So this is a way to share our mission & our Journey in a way that is relevant beyond the ‘oh, aren’t they interesting!’ sort of school.

        A thing that backs this up is that our blog ‘Paranormal Lifestyle’ did the best of any of the parts of our MU from 2010-2011.

        It was the second-largest in terms of content, but the first in terms of interaction & interest.

        More news later as events warrant, and I have some other Qs I’ll ask in the Digital Dining Room. :-) :>

        Thank you for your interest! :-) :>

        • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

          Very good points, Birdy! I’m a big fan of people understanding their perfect people as being very much like themselves. We are usually attracted to people of like-mind. But many people don’t build businesses from this perspective, so we have to have tools to help them figure out how to talk to their prospects. Good for you for taking a stand on what you feel works best!

          • http://www.anencouragingbird.com BirdyD – Roving Robin Reporter

             So explain to me please (I happen to totally agree with you about the ‘people like us’ thing by the way) WHY marketing peeps are all about saying that your Bestest Peeps are probably NOT like you???

            This has literally held us back for years now, until we grew skin thick enough to ignore the ‘experts’ and follow our own beliefs. :>

          • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

            LOL…well, not everyone is as enlightened as we are, Birdy. But seriously – your right peeps won’t be exactly like you. Just a lot like you. If they were exactly like you, then they wouldn’t need you, right? So the trick is to find those areas where you differ, understand them and then speak to those in a way that your peeps will hear. I’ve got a great blog post on the topic here: http://thewordchef.com/2011/09/attract-your-ideal-customers/

  • http://getpaidtowriteonline.com/ Sharon Hurley Hall

    Hey, safe quirks are good quirks too, Tea, but I take your point. Next time I’m talking to a client, I’ll be sure to mention my adrenaline junkie side – my best experience to date was driving a sports hovercraft over wet and dry land. :)

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Ooh! Cool beans, Sharon. If we ever meet in person, I want a ride with you!

      • http://getpaidtowriteonline.com/ Sharon Hurley Hall

        Done! :)

  • http://twitter.com/RtMixMktg Tom Treanor

    Tea. Great ideas in this post. I’m a big believer in Quirkology – not that I’m an expert in it though! I find myself interested in the people who have a quirk, an angle or a “personality” versus people who are plain Jane or Jim. I think it’s human nature. Thanks for the great post!

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      You’re welcome, Tom! Thanks for stopping by. And you’re right — it IS in our nature to be attracted to difference. Survival of the species depends on a diverse gene pool after all.

  • http://twitter.com/RtMixMktg Tom Treanor

    Tea. Great ideas in this post. I’m a big believer in Quirkology – not that I’m an expert in it though! I find myself interested in the people who have a quirk, an angle or a “personality” versus people who are plain Jane or Jim. I think it’s human nature. Thanks for the great post!

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      You’re welcome, Tom! Thanks for stopping by. And you’re right — it IS in our nature to be attracted to difference. Survival of the species depends on a diverse gene pool after all. 

  • http://twitter.com/millercathy Cathy Miller

    Hmm…where to begin…quirks…I don’t know that it’s strange, but I have many from being a middle child of seven (that I often talk about) – the need to be unique – which one friend told me manifests itself in my unique jewelry, my obsession with not judging others – which is EXTREMELY difficult – think about it-we judge people’s hair, clothes – quirks :-) -the pursuit of peace in my life – I often measure actions on the amount of energy it takes.

    Are those quirky enough? :-)

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      LOL, Cathy. Quirky enough? We’re all quirky enough. It’s just a matter of seeing how our quirks can be helpful (not necessarily judging them right/wrong/enough). Love that you’re from a big family. I’m the oldest of 6.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1501285891 Gloria Miele

    Love this, Tea.  You know I’m trying to figure out that comfortable balance of quirky and cool. ;-).  Some of my quirks:  I hum under my breath (a lot), take pictures of clouds, love all things sparkly and get weepy during dance competition reality shows.  Now to work this into my marketing….

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      What do you hum, Gloria? Ira does the same thing. He’s got a little tune that he made up somewhere and hums it while he’s cleaning or puttering around the house. And hey – one of these days you’re going to ROCK that whole Coach as Psychologist brand we talked about. I can’t wait to see you do it and will be the first to shout you from the rooftops, my dear!

  • http://virtuallydistinguished.com Michelle Church

    6 feet – Really? That’s is way kewl!  I think my granddaughter is headed there!  As always love your quirks and yes…I believe the corporate world caused many of us (except me) to be formed in their image so some lost their identity and now they are business owners.  In my previous world they were called “Bell Heads” so I agree with you they just struggle with selling themselves and revealing truth.  

  • http://eadesign.me/ evan austin

    LOVED the “How Quirky Is Too Quirky” paragraph best, Tea! I usually eat all my side dishes completely, one at a time, before finishing my meal with the main entree, saving just enough of my drink to wash it down. After I’m done, my wife always offers me what’s left on her plate, but honey, I planned this out and it is FINISHED!

    Great stuff, fellow ex-Mormon!

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      OMG, I do the same thing! (Eating one thing at a time and saving the best for last.)

      • cherylpickett

         You mean everyone doesn’t try to save the best part for last??? :-)

  • http://www.gypsystreasures.com/ Kimberly LoSavio

    Quirky? Hmmm … I LOVE the original Star Wars trilogy, original Star Trek tv show (Tribbles, hello!), Tom Baker as Dr. Who. I have always loved vampires, 1920’s gangsters, and pirates. I still sleep with a teddy bear that was made for me when I was 1 (it’s 42 this year LOL) — my husband doesn’t mind. Halloween is my favorite holiday and my husband and I even got married on that day ;) I love watching old black and white and silent movies. I am obsessed with garden gnomes. I say outloud what I am texting on my phone — even in public. It’s true! LOL and there are so many more … 

    I am an all around nerdy-Dork! and I am proud of that!! I guess it is time to start dressing the part! What a great post, Tea! <3

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Hooo-ee, Kimberly! You ARE a bundle of quirky-loveliness, aren’t you? And now I understand why we’ve got the vibe going on, sistah. Whovians and Trekkies forever!

  • SandyMc

    Simply fantastic post Tea.  Oh how I loved your reference to story telling and in the case of your brand positioning yourself as one of key protagonists, but not centre stage doing a non- stop soliloquy either! 

    Buttoned up business and naked like a streaker – fabulous descriptions. They so aptly describe the two wrong sides of the branding coin.  Those that talk in third party lingo, we are, we do, our products, our benefits, our features – hello is there any you, as in the person we are meant to be addressing, in this non dialogue? v those who parade themselves like a tawdry treasure chest of trinkets.  Ugh. Sorry, was that a bit harsh?

    Finally, as always your cooking analogies rock.  Such a great gauge for exposing your quirkology, especially the idea that adding too many wrong quirk ingredients (as in not a fit with your expertise), might spoil the lot. 

    As for my quirks – well, I’m just having great fun allowing them to bubble to the surface after way too many years of buttoning them up in a business environment which had no understanding or toleration of quirkologists. 

  • http://www.whyyoumustblog.com/ SandyMc

    Maybe just one.  I laugh a lot at my own expense.  The family say, ‘you’ve made a funny haven’t you?’, which usually reduces me to belly hugging tears of laughter.

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Laugh it up, Sandy! That’s what life is for. My belly laughs usually come at a family dinner immediately after I’ve taken a drink of water…sad, but true!

  • http://www.creativekatrina.com Creative Katrina

    I love the photo! Awesome! Some days I’m convinced I actually look like that for real. Ha! I really liked your insight on defining a quirk and the best way to present them to create real, authentic connections that support your business. 

  • http://www.thenumberswhisperer.com Nicole Fende

    So many great nuggets here Tea.  I think my favorite is the analogy of adding things to the mix slowly.  Once you’ve put it out there (or in there if you’re cooking), you’re stuck.  While it may not have been a conscious decision, this is exactly the process I have been going through as I have transitioned into The Numbers Whisperer.  

    I had no idea you were so tall!  At 5’4″ I’d feel like a shrimp next to you.   

  • http://twitter.com/MelanieKissell Melanie Kissell

    Okay, Tea, here goes nothin’ (An orthopedic surgeon I know says that every time he picks up the scalpel to begin his magic)  LOL!

    I mix fat-free mayo and light soy sauce and dip my broccoli in it.  It’s not a pretty-looking sauce — kind of a yucky brown color — but I love it and it tastes great. 

    If you could see my wardrobe (or maybe I should say “lack” of wardrobe), you’d know that I’m one of the rarest creatures on the planet — A woman who HATES to shop.  As we speak, I don’t own a dress.  Or a skirt.

    It might be a lost art, but one of the neatest things I love to receive is a handwritten note from someone.  I never throw them away.  I treasure them.  And I love, love, love paper — especially if it’s handmade or has some type of texture, unusual shape, or unique design. 

    I’m a nut for anything Mary Engelbreit!

    Even though she’s passed on, my HERO is and always will be Erma Bombeck.  I’ve read every book she’s written and I never missed a radio, magazine, or TV interview with her.

    I don’t care how much fun people want to make of me …
    I love my Shake Weight and I use it every day.

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious post!  And quite quirky, too. ;)

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Hee, hee! Shake Weight, huh? I think you need to make us a video, Melanie. But seriously, your quirks are totally fun pieces of you. I’m honored that you shared them here. (Go Mary and Erma!)

  • http://www.IAmNickArmstrong.com/ Nick Armstrong

    I love the fact that you’ve compared personality to salt – absolutely true.

    Star Trek Outpost, written by my friend Tony, is a testament to what happens to folks who have TOO MUCH personality. The characters they’ve created shine with personality, reek with it – especially Chief Knox (played by the voice of the KC Chiefs). The only thing saving that character is that he is wicked capable.

    I definitely enjoyed learning more about you, Tea. Finding your quirks is a difficult path, owning them is ridiculously difficult for most. Someday I’m going to have to take your Find Your Secret Sauce Class :-D

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Thanks Nick! But hey – you drop a Star Trek reference but don’t leave a link? C’mon, you know better than that!

      • http://www.IAmNickArmstrong.com/ Nick Armstrong

        Blog comment ethics – no linkbait comments :-D http://www.StarTrekOutpost.com – it’s amazing audio drama Trek. Start from the beginning, you’ll love it.

  • http://twitter.com/MagnoliasWest Sue Kearney

    I’ve read this twice now, and I am so glad you wrote it! I’ve been coming out of the closet in my business for a while now, and it’s been so scary sometimes, to fold in my spirituality, my woowoo stuff, my witchy stuff, all the fabulous parts of me that comprise my gifts.

    Thanks for celebrating this out loud!

    Love and light,
    Sue

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Woo hoo! Here’s to all of us coming out of our respective closets. There’s room enough on this planet for every quirk!

  • http://www.discountthief.com/ miss donna

    somehow, “professionals” have been conditioned to believe the stuffier the better when it comes to their bios. if you’re in academia or medicine, that might work. for an entrepreneur building a stand-out brand – not gonna cut it. shedding the protective layer covering up the real you is a must…let your quirks take you to new heights.