Bewitched Sheila Sommers

8 Ways You Can Stand Out In A Sea Of Sameness

Because shit’s about to get real, and lately, it’s been all about drumming up the hype.

  1. Don’t fix your teeth – yep, that vampire-ish teeth of yours is a trademark. But remember to brush them, because you don’t want to pull a Sheila Sommers. Case in point:

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  2. Wear a compelling outfit. Your go-to solution could be a ‘Marilyn Monroe with a badass bandana’ T-shirt.
  3. Don’t promise and deliver. Under-promise and over-deliver, as Hillary Weiss brilliantly puts it.
  4. Be a better conversationalist. Video here. Celeste Headlee, you rule.
  5. Writing and design-wise, stick to this mantra: Style ≥ Skills
  6. Ditch your ego.
  7. Focus on the quality of your work AND your customer’s experience. #WordOfMouth
  8. Inject humour and whiplash wit in your work, but don’t take it too far. In short, don’t be a barfbag.




10 thoughts on “8 Ways You Can Stand Out In A Sea Of Sameness

  1. Ida Auclond says:

    Good points.
    I loved the video you posted, although I feel like it’s directed at extroverts. The number 6 might contribute to increase my muteness: sharing a similar experience I went through is like the only way I have to show I empathize with people and actually share *real stuff*. I’ve had great, deep conversations like this. I mean, I can say “it sucks”, but then it’s the end of the conversation… And yes, I have to *show* that I empathize, otherwise for some reason I come off as cold. Well, I am an incurable introvert. But there’s a possibility I misunderstood her point.
    I need to find Celeste Headlee’s introvert alter ego to get tips from one introvert to another. ^_^

    • Priscilla says:

      I hear you, because I’m an introvert, too. 🙂 #6 is tricky. I reckon, what Celeste meant is that it’s okay to share our own stories, but on one condition: we must wait for the other party to finish before we talk about ourselves. But even then, we shouldn’t make it all about us, because relating to other people’s feelings is much more important 🙂 Empathy is such an underappreciated quality.

      • Ida Auclond says:

        Oh. I would never have interpreted it like that. XD Your interpretation makes much more sense though. Thanks!

        I watched that part like 5 times and was more puzzled every time, especially since she gives “examples” that feel completely unrelated to the point. Like, the IQ thing? What was the point of that? Saying one should not talk about ones achievements or qualities, or giving an example of what not to do? I mean, I do feel like the guy kinda insulted the person who asked him what his IQ was by saying that those talking about (their) IQs are losers.

        I guess I’d have to watch more of her videos to get to know her style and understand where she comes from. ^_^

        • Priscilla says:

          Ah, what Celeste was trying to say was people shouldn’t interrupt the conversation, and share their experience just so they can pat themselves on the back. When the other party is talking about their experiences, we shouldn’t use it as an opportunity to shift focus and talk about ourselves. That’s the impression I got 🙂 It boils down to effective listening and having empathy at the same time. For the Stephen Hawking IQ reference, what I’ve gathered is Celeste was trying to say that when it comes to conversations, don’t make it all about fondling the ego. 🙂

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