7 Words to describe yourself

imgres-2Paul Holdengraber has been creating interesting conversations at the NYPublic Library the last several years.  His salons are unique and really interesting.  Paul loves to think big and he definitely is honest about what he gets and doesn’t.  That is why I think he loves putting on these events to challenge his own thinking.

One of the things he does is when he introduces people he uses 7 word autobiographies to describe them.  A twist on the age old bio.  I was at something the other day and the entrepreneur said something about living with a tough loving mom and a nice father.  That was a short description but it said a mouthful.

What are the 7 words you would use to describe yourself?  It is a good exercise to go through personally but also for your business.

Here is an attempt at my own:  Curious, Energetic, Bold, Mother, Optimist, Connoisseur, Trend-seer

Comments (Archived):

  1. Pranay Srinivasan

    Maverick, Optimistic, Relentless, Helpful, Passionate, Resourceful, Openminded.

    1. Gotham Gal


  2. Erin

    Wasn’t he great when he said he approached all his subjects with “a euphoria of ignorance”? What a great line. “Fierce, loyal, protective, opinionated, creative, talent-cheerleader, big-picture-seer”.

    1. Gotham Gal

      i like opinionated.

      1. Erin

        Cause when you know, you know.

  3. StreetWalker

    Black, dropout, ex-con, afraid, poor, hopeless, angry.

  4. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Fun!Insane multitasking optimistic learnaholic who’s secretly introverted.(I cheated using a contraction. Guess I needed room for “rule breaker!”)

    1. Gotham Gal

      I am a big fan of the rule breaker

  5. Conrad Ross Schulman

    Respectful, Brave, Professional, Cautious, Confident, Caring, Schmoozer#EveryoneIsEquallyGreat!

  6. LE

    I can’t describe myself in 7 words. [1] Even 10 words is to confining.Here is me. Last night I was at a family dinner. My brother in law, who needs to loose some serious weight, finished the entire piece of his daughters graduation cake. I took my plate (in which I had only taken a few bites) and pointed to it and to my sister’s uneaten cake (his wife) and said “this is why you have that big belly on you”.So maybe “energetic, serious, disciplined, creative, curious, loose cannon”[1] 7 words.

    1. LE

      Would have to add “loyal”. Same person cutting my hair since right after college, same accountant, same dentists, same this, same that.

  7. pointsnfigures

    Hehe. I will try. Unafraid, Afraid, opinionated, malleable risky, empathetic, futuristic

    1. Gotham Gal

      futuristic. nice one

  8. Mario Cantin

    The shortest one was Fred’s: “VC”.

  9. Susan Rubinsky

    One of the things I love about Tinder is it forces you to describe yourself with a very low character count. However, seven words can be too generalized. Seven words is the key (I use) to writing billboards — so what would your billboard say?Mine would say:Urban soul, beach girl at heart.

    1. Gotham Gal


  10. Sofia Papastamelos

    Extroverted, motivational, feminine, kick-a$$, loyal, optimistic, humorous.