Looking for a wacky day to celebrate? Check out holidayinsights.com; this site offers a lot of fun ideas that will give you something to celebrate just about every day of the year.
In addition to giving you a wacky reason to celebrate, sometimes these wacky holidays can boost your brainstorming power when you are looking for creative messaging. Take today’s celebration for example. Feb. 7 is “Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day.” So, what should you do with this little trivia tidbit?
According to holidayinsights.com, the intent of this day is to be friendly and create “better relations.” Now that’s something public relations professionals can certainly relate to, but I think all professionals should master this skill. I was reading an article on Forbes.com about common characteristics among successful people, and it is interesting to see how several of the listed traits link to good communication skills. Whether it is doing more than what is asked of you, which is #2 on the list, and one of my personal faves, or setting real goals that you can accomplish, effective communication plays a role.
And I certainly couldn’t read through the list and not notice #9: Successful people can communicate their story effectively. This is definitely a good one. Have you ever heard the term elevator pitch? Do you have one? As young professionals – no matter what industry you are planning to enter – part of creating better relations is getting out and meeting people, and having an effective elevator pitch is part of telling your story.
So, I encourage everyone to celebrate “Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day.” I suggest you craft your elevator pitch and get out there and begin creating better relations with your neighbors, and as holidayinsights.com recommends, use the term “neighbor” loosely; greet everyone you meet with a smile and a five-finger wave!
In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.