As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer.
When choosing a talent or skill, think about the personality of your character, his range of experiences and who his role models might have been. Some talents might be genetically imparted while others are created through exposure (such as a character talented at fixing watches from growing up in his father’s watch shop) or grow out of interest (archery, wakeboarding, or magic). Don’t be afraid to be creative and make sure the skill or talent is something that works with the scope of the story.
Description: a person who uses enthusiasm, product knowledge, and compelling reasoning to sway an audience to invest in a product, brand or service. A promoter drums up business and sales, raising awareness and facilitating discoverability. To do this, they effectively utilize different…
Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: A good promoter has strong hygiene, dresses appropriately for interacting with one’s audience, is well spoken and has strong product knowledge. Knowing how to read people and their moods well and be able to juggle multiple action items at one time are both important. Having a strong sense of presence, good manners and posture, a pleasing sense of humor and…
Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: Extroverted, Passionate, Genuine, Outgoing, Enthusiastic, Focused, Hard Working, Shrewd, Intelligent…
Required Resources and Training: Public speaking, working as a team, researching the market and competing products, understanding how ads work and psychology behind decision-making, looking at things from the audience’s view to what they need and want so…
Associated Stereotypes and Perceptions:
- that promoters are pushy and refuse to take no for an answer*
- they talk more than they listen*
- they are motivated by “what’s in it for me” instead of “what’s best for the audience/customer”…
Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:
- a career in sales
- job interviews
- working on a political campaign…
Resources for Further Information:
A few things to know about being a Promo Girl
The Art of Shameless Self-promotion
Promoting Your Product or Service
Talents and skills not only make our characters stand out, they often help them attain their goals. So choosing them strategically can greatly enhance both the character and the story.
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Julie Musil says
Oh, this would be THE skill to have! The folks who do this, and who genuinely love the product or event they’re promoting, are sooo effective.
Traci Kenworth says
This would be useful in the right setting.
:Donna Marie says
LOL…you’ve basically described my brother (for the most part lol) 🙂 Thanks for this 😀