Friends, this is the first episode of the third season of The Nanny Podcast. I am so psyched you are here with me. Let’s start this season with something a little different.
This episode is a hands on exercise, if you want to do it and play with me, you need something to write with and something to write on. Today I am going to ask you a question. And you might think it’s silly, or wonder what it has to do with being a nanny, and I am going to ask you to bear with me, hear me out. You will know more in a minute. If you are up for playing with me, grab a pen and paper and write down your answers as we go along.
My question is, who are you? And I bet you have many answers. Of course there are many sides and parts to you. Zoom in and out with me. First we zoom out. From a far away perspective, who are you? Where do you come from, what is your background, in broad strokes, what are things that make you the special person you are like lifestyle, age, experience, interests, education, history. The big and broad things. Write down these big blocks as they are, raw and without detail. That’s where we start, zoomed out with the big blocks of who we are. Take a moment to write it down. Pause this and write down your big blocks. Where are you from. Where have you lived. Where have you been. What are five big things about you that make you you.
Now you have your big blocks. And very quickly what you are going to want to do is add details, because we are three dimensional beings, we are not only one way. We go more than one way. I am this, but also this. I am Swedish but I don’t feel it. Immediately you know there is a story there. There is depth there. That’s me. And very quickly your values start to come in, they start demanding your attention and adding dimension and refinement to the broad strokes, and that’s wonderful. Go with it. Let’s zoom in a little. So now take your big blocks and add some detail and if you have them, like most of us do, add some contradictions. I am this but with this. I am a mother and a runner. I love my family but like that I am two hours away. I am an uncle and a butler. Write down some detail in the big blocks. You can pause again while you do it.
The reason I want us to do this exercise is because I want you, nannies, housekeepers, PA’s, chefs, professionals who work in a domestic setting to think about who you are and what sets you apart from everyone else so that you can use that when you apply for your next job. And bring it with you in it.
Ok, so let’s zoom some more. Give me some details. Think of a mosaic. Take one of the big blocks, a detail or two with a twist of values and zoom in a little more. I am a mom of three kids, the most important thing in the world to me is raising capable, loving kind people. That in itself tells you a lot about a person. So add some detail, value and story to your self portrait.
Now take every job position you have had that you have on your CV and do the same. The big block. The details. The value. Make it a three dimensional object that helps tell your story. Don’t make it long, make the gleaming details work for you to in a very efficient way tell way more about you and the job than a long winded description would.
And now the next time you are applying for a job, you have some words to use to set yourself apart, you have details about yourself and your experience that sets you apart from other candidates. And that is going to make you a much more attractive candidate than others, when you stand out in a good way you grab the attention of people who come across your profile, and if you stick in their mind, again, in a good way, they might end up being part of your success story.
Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. If you want like to register with us, are curious about our programs or would like to work with me, visit the nanny section on rivieranannies.fr and sign up for any of the things we have there for you :) And don’t forget to connect with me on social media, I’m @rivieranannies on all platforms including tiktok, come and connect with me :)
I will see you next time.
Is google your friend?
Today I want to talk to you about figuring out who people are, using simple tools like search engines online. Always a good first step to start building the image of the person you are trying to figure out.
First I want to tell you that all the things you find are clues to build the image of the person you are trying to figure out. Try to see it from an as objective place as you can, it will help you get a better idea.
Many years ago I got divorced. When I was looking for an attorney to represent me I did some digging on them before making my choice. When I googled the lawyer I ended up working with I found a hate blog dedicated to spewing anger and hateful rhetoric about him. I went further down the rabbit hole and found that the person writing the blog was a guy whose ex wife had been represented by the lawyer in their divorce. In this case, negative publicity helped me make the decision to hire this guy. Negative information isn’t always bad, it helps paint the picture.
So when you google someone, look at all the information. When I look at review sites to find a hotel or a restaurant I always read the bad reviews, because I want to know if what people don’t like matter to me. Slow service is not something that bothers me, but a dirty kitchen is. It might be the same for you, or it might be different. It’s the same with people.
So if you are looking into someone, a nanny or a family that you are looking to work with you want to figure out what your priorities are, what is important to you, and when you start looking into the information there is to find, weigh them there.
Look at the sources, who are they? What are they saying about the person.
When my daughter was in preschool in California there was a teacher there who had a criminal record for years and years ago being in possession of pot. We were all informed about it when we applied, to make our own choice. If she had a violent record, it would have been an entirely different choice to make.
It might be helpful to make a visual, either a graph or a visual representation you relate to with the information about a person, about the gist and gesture you get from different sources. How are they presenting themselves on social media? What do their non fans say? What do their fans say? Their records?
Add it all, objectively, to make a clear picture that you can use as a base for your evaluation whether you want to collaborate with them.
I think with intention and some sleuthing skills, google is your friend. You might want to reverse engineer this and look into yourself to see what other people see and tweak accordingly. Your online presence is a part of your image, take charge of making it work in your favor, whatever that is.