Friday, March 1, 2013

How do You Introduce Yourself?

Did you ever write your own introduction to give to someone before you were presented with an award or as a guest speaker so they could describe you to the audience or have you ever "just" been introduced? Presumably at one time we all have been in this situation. But what have we learned from it?

The first time you hear someone else introduce you in a way you feel did not properly express you or your role, your natural instinct is to not have that happen again. You sculpt a brief introduction of yourself for the next time.

We know that the first impression is the lasting one. Your introduction should be the best foot forward. Likewise when you introduce your team, do you portray them in the best light or just, Jack from Development?

When Moshe is tasked with building the Tabernacle for God, he is pitched, by God, to use Bezalel. As seen below:

Chapter 31

1. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:א. וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:
2. "See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,ב. רְאֵה קָרָאתִי בְשֵׁם בְּצַלְאֵל בֶּן אוּרִי בֶן חוּר לְמַטֵּה יְהוּדָה:
3. and I have imbued him with the spirit of God, with wisdom, with insight, with knowledge, and with [talent for] all manner of craftsmanshipג. וָאֲמַלֵּא אֹתוֹ רוּחַ אֱלֹהִים בְּחָכְמָה וּבִתְבוּנָה וּבְדַעַת וּבְכָל מְלָאכָה:
4. to do master weaving, to work with gold, with silver, and with copper,ד. לַחְשֹׁב מַחֲשָׁבֹת לַעֲשׂוֹת בַּזָּהָב וּבַכֶּסֶף וּבַנְּחשֶׁת:
5. with the craft of stones for setting and with the craft of wood, to do every [manner of] work.ה. וּבַחֲרשֶׁת אֶבֶן לְמַלֹּאת וּבַחֲרשֶׁת עֵץ לַעֲשׂוֹת בְּכָל מְלָאכָה:


This is a pretty strong introduction for Bezalel to get the work done. We should all be introduced this way, especially our staff who make us look better always.
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Parsha Ki Tisa in the book of Shemot Exodus 30:11 - 34:35

It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom