Dan Mulhern posted today about “owning the space” we stand in. He referred to actors owning the stage and how his wife Jennifer owns the front of a courtroom when she prosecutes. It’s about where you belong and how you show up there.
It’s not about posturing. It’s not about pretending. It’s about claiming and embodying expertise.
I commented on his post that when independent business owners find their brand, the brand is about the space they own already. For example, I own business phrasing. Not that others don’t play in that field – and play well. But business communication and particularly phrasing is where I shine. It’s an expertise I bring to the table. It’s a space I continually own more deeply.
My phrase books provide phrases based on that ownership. For example, admins often don’t fully speak in ways that say “I’m an administrative professional. I own this space.” All the phrases in the Perfect Phrases for Office Professionals book are based on that kind of professional ownership.
What’s your arena? Where can you say,
- I own this space
…and do you show up in ways that reinforce that claim?