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Day 8
In your own space, talk about a talent (or talents) you have. Everyone's got something they're good at. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Well, yes, I'm good at stuff. And usually when people talk about "talents", they talk about artistic/creative talents. And I could do that. But I won't. I'll talk about another talent I have.

I'm good at explaining things to people.

Perhaps that isn't a talent so much as a skill, but if so, it's a skill that requires certain talents of intelligence, imagination and empathy - yes, empathy. Because the first question I ask someone when they ask me about "X" is - "what do you already know about X?" Because one can always explain something more effectively if you know where the other person is coming from. Imagination? Yes, because imaginative (but precise) metaphors can help people understand things too.

I guess I'm also good at it because I have a passion for understanding people and helping people to understand things.

So that's my talent du jour.

Date: 2012-01-12 10:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jhall1.livejournal.com
It's a very good talent to have. I like to think that I have it too. About forty years ago, I spent some time on the computer "helpdesk" at work. I soon discovered that it wasn't enough simply to answer the question that the user asked. One needed to inquire more deeply and find out what the user's problem really was.

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