I have never been very good at explaining what I do. I have this theory that I should have an engaging LinkedIn profile and then I'll be asked to join exciting projects, but I know that is mostly unfounded. Nonetheless, I keep trying to distill my profile on LinkedIn (which I refuse to link to. It is like friendster for grown ups. With no pictures. Or jokes. Blah.) I'm getting better at explaining (and narrowing it down) but from time to time I have these moments where someone else explains it so much better.
For instance, Megan wants some advice on banishing Power Point (which we all know makes you stupid) from a meeting she's supposed to put together. Also, she'd like it to be a fun and sociable and engaging and useful meeting. I do that. I can help you figure out how to make a meeting work and I'm really good at developing curricula that people learn from. I like doing that. I wish I knew how to do more of it without having to be good at fundraising.
Hell, I'm pretty sure I have a good handle on some aspects of fundraising. I think I've had an impact at Recycle-A-Bicycle. I hope I can have an impact at no Rio. But raising funds for an organization of me to develop training materials? Eek. That means selling myself, and one of the fundamental rules that I live by is that I'm not that special and most people know a lot. If you know me well, you'll call bullshit on that, but I believe it just enough to have a hard time selling myself.
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