So Tell Me about yourself

I recently went to an information session for an internship and instead of just introducing us with name badges or a quick “Hi my name is ____” The host told us we must share an embarrassing story about ourselves, sing a song, do a dance, or recite a poem. My initial thought was great, I don’t know any poems of the top of my head in its entirety, I’m not singing, I’m surely not dancing, and why do I want to embarrass myself in front of my employer. I personally hate ice breakers, I don’t have a fear of public speaking I’d just rather not do it.

The two that stood out the most were

The most embarrassing story some guy cracked his head on a stairwell and bleed on some scantrons

A young man recited a poem by Shel Silverstein “My Beard”
My beard grows down to my toes,
I never wears no clothes,
I wraps my hair
Around my bare,
And down the road I goes

And a girl told a joke: “What’s brown and sticky” A STICK.

So as you’re preparing for conferences, interviews, and other business ventures you might want to brush up on a clutch parlor trick to get you through these situations, so you don’t have to share how you fell down the stairs, or pants ripped in public. You never get a 2nd first impression, so why not leave your competition shaking in their suits with a introduction. You don’t have to pick something profound, you can google short poems or haikus that are easy to remember so you don’t forget them. But if you write your own poetry, songs, or are creative in the arts this might be your opportunity to show off.

For my poem I’ve picked:

Dreams by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.