So, you’ve completed expresso, you’ve had a look at your report - maybe you’ve had some eye-openers!
…But now what? How can you keep making use of this powerful data going forwards?
Below, I’ve put together some ideas to get you started - but this is by no means an exhaustive list. As you go through, try thinking about how you may be able to apply your expresso data in your own unique context. What specific areas of your life could you develop using what you’ve learnt about yourself?
There are other materials you can make use of…
If you haven’t already been through your In-Depth Report, Careers Report and Stress Check on the platform then that’s always the first place to start! But beyond those areas you should also check out:
Raw Data: this contains all of your expresso scores, including the full list of 209 Career Titles, arranged highest to lowest. (Quick exercise: scroll way down to the bottom of the list and check out your very lowest scores. What do you see? Are there any roles you’re surprised to see so low? What might this tell you? If you see your current role way down the list this may just mean that you bring an unconventional approach or perspective to a career generally enjoyed by people very different from you!)
Printable Summary: this is exactly what it sounds like - a summary of your key scores, designed to be printable! I find this is great for pinning to your noticeboard, sticking on your wall, or on the fridge where you can’t miss it! Keep reminding yourself of your highest motivation scores, your Focus, the summary of your Need - or whatever areas feel key for you right now.
Printable Worksheets: this page contains not only worksheets, but also a number of great reference materials that you can use to learn more about the Grid (with descriptions for each of the 4 grid symbols in each of the 4 colour variations), the motivational scores (Asterisk & Focus), and the 10 Areas of Interest. The worksheets (recently updated) include a 3-part series on Talent, Identity & Career, plus the expresso Explain Yourself worksheet, and a recent addition around Working Together.
Guide to facilitating a group conversation using expresso: if you’re looking to engage your team with their expresso scores and encourage dialogue around how you can use your data to work better together, then this conversation guide may be exactly what you need! You can get your free copy by emailing us, and we’ll send you the 8-page pdf, which includes a session outline with clear steps and notes for you to follow, activities based around the Areas of Interest & Grid, and conversation prompts you can use as is, or tailor to your specific context.
(Note: if you’re looking for a more substantial team session or workshop, you can contact us for other options.)
Make the language of expresso part of your everyday vocabulary…
One of the best ways to get the most out of expresso is really just to make it a natural part of your everyday life. By which I don’t mean that I think you need to spend dedicated time every day looking at your report… (although you can do this by all means if it will help you!)
Rather, by simply taking the language and understanding you’ve gained from expresso, and allowing it to permeate into how you think about and frame situations, your own context, and the interactions you have with others.
When you start making daily use of the language of your expresso report - even if only in your own head - you’ll find that you are naturally more aware of your own actions and reactions. You’ll notice more quickly when things aren’t going right for you, and may find it easier to pinpoint exactly where the issues lie.
At work and at home - apply what you’ve learnt!
Even if you completed expresso within the context of your job, the data that you received relates to you. The same you that goes to work each day, the same you that heads home, the same you that hangs out with friends and family on the weekend…
Wherever you’re at, you are still fundamentally you, and your expresso data can help you stay motivated, and minimise stress, in every area of your life.
You can use your report to help you set sustainable goals, plan your future, and even work out which weekend activity will give you the most energy and refreshment for the coming week!
The more you reflect on, unpack, and make use of these scores, the more you’re going to get out of them.
How else have you made use of your data? What materials or exercises have you found most useful in your own life? What ideas would you share with, or suggest to, other people using expresso?