… made a mistake.
I was on a small group networking call and I asked someone, “What kind of work do you do?”
The five-minute-long answer, which I believe had something to do with real estate law, included several detailed descriptions of changing regulations and their implications.
Here’s the thing: The point of telling people what you do is not to impress them.
It’s not even about getting them to hire you; the chances of them needing you, right now, are exceedingly low.
It’s simply this: To get them to understand and remember what you do.
This way, in a week, or a month, or a year, when someone they know mentions a problem, your name pops up as someone who can solve it.
If your description of the work you do doesn’t feel to you like a painful oversimplification, you’re not doing it right.