Day 26 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge- Your Hidden Talent
This calls for bringing attention to myself- something I would rather not do. And not bringing attention to myself is something I do very well. In fact, at times I think I’ve perfected it to the level where I’m completely looked over in a group. I’ve noticed that when I want to be heard, I have to fight harder to get people to listen. While other people might clear their throat or make a gesture indicating they have something to say, my attempts at those same cues are ignored.
An unforeseen consequence is that I’ve had time to hone my observation skills. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I had the ability to read people. Sometimes it’s as easy as watching the expressions on their face or their words or body language. Other times it comes across as a vibe. I can’t put my finger on it but if something is off with a person, I can usually sense it.
You would think that this skill might come in handy when interviewing people to fill a position. Unfortunately, I found out early on that others don’t value this “talent” or trust a feeling. If I can clearly “see” that someone is going to be inflexible and opinionated (whether based on their behavior or my less-trusted-by-others vibes), there are others who won’t believe it until they are in a meeting watching the person fight everyone at every turn and it’s too late.
I’ve learned to express my opinion and give examples supporting them, and then letting it go. It’s frustrating. It’s annoying. But at least I know that when push comes to shove, I gave everyone fair warning and I won’t be personally caught up in the melee.
So maybe it’s not a talent. Maybe it’s me being obnoxious and overly opinionated. Who knows? What I do know is that since I wear an invisibility cloak- not of my choosing- most people won’t be subjected to it. 🙂
Have a great day!