1. I CAN TALK ALL DAY
As soon as I find common ground with someone, I can talk for Europe about it. I once spent an entire night doing just that. I was at one of my friends’ 30th birthday party a couple of years ago, the after party was at her house, and I met Supergirl (I know what you’re thinking, what were you drinking? It was an 80’s themed party and she came dressed as Supergirl). The whole time we sat on the sofa and talked about DC and Marvel superheroes/comics from about 10:30pm until I got a taxi home around 3am. So yeah, crazy stuff my talking.
2. THINKING LOGICALLY/ANALYTICALLY
I’ve been an ICT Problem Analyst for quite a few years now and I like to think I’m good at it, I’m fairly happy doing it and people come to me for help a lot of the time because I know things (makes me feel good when that happens). It sometimes annoys me though, when people who hold the job title of “Analyst” do nothing more than copy and paste things instead of actually using their brains to analyse the information or (as is the case most of the time) lack of information. I don’t always think 3 steps ahead, but I do like to use cause and affect when it comes to my analysis. 99% of the time I see being logical as no more than the simple common sense approach and often struggle understanding why others can’t see it (which I suppose is the weakness part I need to work on).
3. I TRY TO AVOID JARGON
When you work in ICT, hear jargon and buzz words being used is pretty normal. But all day at work I hear managers using jargon when most of the time (sorry to be so blunt here but) it makes them look stupid. My rule of thumb is, if you can’t explain it without using the jargon – then you don’t really understand it yourself. If you don’t understand something, you shouldn’t stand up in a meeting and try and talk about it. I would never dream of using jargon if I don’t know what it means, whether that be verbal or written communication. When I am in those types of meetings though, for fun, I sometimes probe the manager on the very topic, just to hear them waffle on and make themselves look even more silly. I often feel the non-tech savvy ones in the room who question the person using the jargon are often the smartest ones too.
4. I’M A GOOD LISTENER
Although I talk a lot. I have times of the day where I don’t (normally before my first coffee, after each coffee wears off…you get the idea) and I just listen to whomever is talking to me. I also find I listen to people when I don’t realise it sometimes – in my defence the people who sit “around” me in work from other teams speak very loudly so one can’t help but overhear some…okay most of the time. But sometimes it’s good to be in the know about things going on in the office.
5. I’M TRUTHFUL
I’m the type of person who calls a spade, a spade. Why beat around the bush when you can just speak the truth and say what it is? Say what you mean and mean what you say. My Dad always taught me that if you can’t do that, don’t say anything at all. My Mum on the other hand always used to give the advice: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all (coming from someone who calls my UK size 10 hips are fat, does cause one to ignore such advice). Sometimes, I admit my truth-telling has gotten me into trouble, like when someone makes something dreadful and ask me if I like it. I can say convincingly it’s gorgeous, but subconsciously my face is scream holy cow, what one earth is that thing?!
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