|What are my skills anyway?|
At first, I thought this question was pretty simple--and it is--but the answer is kind of complicated, especially if I want to think about how I stand out from other people. Unlike Napoleon Dynamite (pictured above), I can't just start listing off super sweet skills like numchuck skills, bowstaff skills, etc. No, I needed something a little more real but still unique.
Here's what I've come up with so far, but I'm definitely trying to improve:
- Problem Solving
- Content Creation and Management
- Eternal Optimism
I could add speaking, because I do speak quite frequently. However, I'm not sure adding skills would fix the problem. Maybe it's just the way the skills are presented. On LinkedIn, it's just kind of a few phrases lumped together. Would it work better as a tagline? Something like...
Robert Lee Brewer: Eternally optimistic problem solver who creates and manages content
Hmm... I'm not sure.
That said, I have found the experience of trying to define my skills useful. I truly believe that writers (and most professionals for that matter) should be looking for ways to brand and differentiate themselves from their competitors. Defining your skill set is one way to better understand yourself and what makes you unique.
While I try adding to my list of skills, feel free to share your own skills in the comments.
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