I think I’ve been playing this curious med student persona in my professional personality. But I think it’s time it died.
I used to open Zoom calls with a wet monologue about how grateful I was for them making the time to speak to me (sounded polite?).
Then I started opening with just: “Hey, how’s it going?”. I think this framing creates a seismic vibe-shift. Funnily enough, signalling that you consider them an equal — makes them an equal.
Then the next day, I did what I always do when I face a problem. I threw money at it.
I hired a photographer to get some nice professional photos of me. And fuck it, whilst I’m at it — I’m not a Junior Doctor* — I’m a Physician. Sounds more American. A bit more legit.
* (When’s the last time your pilot told you that they only learned how to fly the A380 eight months ago? Who cares!).
Then I decided that I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.
(Pre-revenue). So I need a team. So I hired the stupidly smart Jacob Robinson
to help grow the podcast.
Essentially, my self-limiting belief was: “I’m a curious junior doctor who makes a podcast for fun”. Partly because it’s easy to just have hobbies. I can’t criticise the jumper your granny knit for you. But put it on Etsy and I’ll tell you it wasn’t worth it and I want my £39.99 (+ delivery) back.