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When people ask you what you/your business does, what do you tell them?
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Post 31 made on Friday October 27, 2017 at 00:19
iimig
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Post 32 made on Friday October 27, 2017 at 15:53
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I like SB's answer. The thing is that you're looking for a one word answer (plumber, electrician... etc), when even those descriptions are weak...
Electrician= residential? Lineman? Generation plant?
Plumber= house? municipal? Naval?

Even Doctor has issues (like, a REAL Dr. or do you just think about things? HA HA).
Go one step further and say MD (Medical Doctor) and then when they ask you to look at the rash on their back.... and you have to explain that you specialize in researching left/right hemispherical interopability post-operative bisection for seizure treatment.........blank stare..... yeah, sure, let me look at that rash..

We are very much specialist working in a generalist world.
Post 33 made on Friday October 27, 2017 at 17:16
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In my world we have 'software engineer'. That's safe enough and most folks don't know what it actually means, but don't want to seem like they don't, so they'll smile and leave it at that.

I always feel a little pompous though calling myself an 'engineer' really. OTOH, and I guess 'engineer' seems a little pedestrian a description for what I do, which is really closer to 'logician' than anything to do with building things. But 'Logician Monk' isn't likely to go over well.

If the person asking is cute, I can always go with 'technical entrepreneur' which implies I may be working on an IPO as we speak.
Dean Roddey
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Post 34 made on Friday October 27, 2017 at 17:26
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I make smart homes easy to use.
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Post 35 made on Saturday October 28, 2017 at 01:06
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If the person asking is cute, I can always go with 'technical entrepreneur' which implies I may be working on an IPO as we speak.

So what do you do?
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Post 36 made on Saturday October 28, 2017 at 12:58
Dean Roddey
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Oh, I figured my fame had proceeded me. And it's in my sig below as well. It is I, his Royal Hiney, Achibalding Dean Roddey of Charmed Quark Systems, Second of that Name.
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Post 37 made on Saturday October 28, 2017 at 13:03
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Oh, wait. Was I being an overly literal Logician Monk there and missed an obvious forum frolick?
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Post 38 made on Saturday October 28, 2017 at 13:37
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I like to act like I'm completely insulted and shout "Don't you know who I am?". :D
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Post 39 made on Saturday October 28, 2017 at 13:44
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Ed will be known as the Tiger Woods of the integration business, followed closely with the renaming of his company to "Hotties A/V". The tag line will be "We like big racks and tight holes"...
Post 40 made on Sunday October 29, 2017 at 01:09
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I've used magician (or what we do is magic) often...and "the AV guy" many more when talking with tradespeople; but my current quick warp for people I meet is

"I own a Home Theater sales and installation company and we focus on Residential and Light Commercial Audio Video and Technology sales and integration services..."

Some of my other favorites are
- we provide and install adult toys
- My job is to be smarter then (or solve problems created by) the engineers that designed the equipment you bought so that you can use it the way you want
- I'm the make shit work guy
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Post 41 made on Monday October 30, 2017 at 18:18
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On October 28, 2017 at 13:03, Dean Roddey said...
Oh, wait. Was I being an overly literal Logician Monk there and missed an obvious forum frolick?

yup. Missed opportunity.
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Post 42 made on Thursday November 9, 2017 at 09:52
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Audio / Video, Automation, and Security.
OP | Post 43 made on Tuesday November 14, 2017 at 18:58
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On October 26, 2017 at 10:12, SB Smarthomes said...
I say "I'm a specialty contractor that designs and installs smart home systems like lighting control and automated shades for estate style homes".

If the conversation continues I'll mention that I do custom audio/video work with a focus on hiding TVs using automation to raise them out of the floor or a cabinet or drop down from the ceiling or even conceal behind moving art.

Saying that I'm a contractor working on estate homes seems to help set the tone that I'm involved with building high-end homes and not just plugging in IOT devices.

Most people have also seen a TV pop out of a cabinet or drop down from the ceiling, so that example helps them understand what I do.

/thread

This is what I'm going to plagiarise from now on.

Big thanks!
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Post 44 made on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 10:58
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I tell them I am in the adult toys business.
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Post 45 made on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 13:04
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"Technology Integrator"

and if they still looked perplexed I say I can make all the salesman's claims and things you see on commercials actually happen.
One thing I have learned in this industry. It is easier to pull a wire than it is to push one.
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