Skills, Talents and Interests
Last week YOU 3.0 suggested looking at your skills and talents as arrows in your quiver that can be deployed when you need them.
Briefly, the three step exercise included:
- Listing all of your skills and talents
- Rate and rank the skills and talents you do well
- Answer 5 questions pertaining to the use of those skills
Here are some additional steps that will be useful to you once you have defined the arrows in your quiver.
- Add two columns to the list you have already developed. In one column note all of the things that you do well that you like to do.
- In the other column, list things you are passionate about and things of leisure you like to do.
- After completing and reviewing these two lists, which should be as exhaustive as possible, consider the following:
- Where do the two lists intersect? Put another way, can any of these skills and interests be combined to identify, create or enhance opportunities?
- Let it sit and come back to it in a day or two. What do your skills and interests tell you about you?
- How can you use this information to help you figure out what you really want to do when you grow up?
For example, in terms of skills, I really like research and analysis, strategic planning, writing and facilitating. In the column of things I like to do, studying metaphysics, writing, reading, teaching/facilitating workshops and traveling were just a few things on a very long list. The intersection for me was coaching which allows me to use everything I do well as well as the things I have the most interest in.
A client who had the opportunity of doing this exercise a few weeks ago reported that it was really helpful in gaining “better insight into my professional profile.”
This process helped identify skills that had not been focused on or were overlooked. My client also had the idea of researching the skill sets initially identified, which lead to more skill sets that were not recognized. All of this resulted in a better understanding of how the skills could be applied and lead to the creation of a cheat sheet for answering interview questions.
What’s in your quiver? Skills, talents, and interests, that’s what. Take the time to discover what and how many arrows you have in your quiver and how they intersect. Give your findings some thought as to how you can use them in new and different and interesting ways. Also give some thought as to what the combination of your skills, talents and interests present as a profile.
Drop me a note and share what you’ve learned or any helpful tips you may have uncovered. In the meantime, remember
Life is about choices. What are you choosing for you today?
Empowering question of the week: You guessed it. What’s in your quiver?
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