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I’ve been away from my blog for a while as I’ve done a little soul searching to really understand what I’m all about. I’ve been in a little rut at work and have been wondering what is it I truly enjoy about my job — what lights my fire to make me excited about work. I find it a little funny that after doing all of this thinking, I went to my Blackberry — which is where I keep my blog ideas — and found “My top 5 strengths,” an idea suggested by a Twitter post probably at least a month back by @prsarahevans.

Now, I caveat this post by saying that I’m not trying to brag. This post is more about reminding myself then showing off to anyone who reads this. It is a good exercise, and I recommend that you do this too. Please comment below on what your strengths are.

So, with that said, here mine are.

1. I know AP style and use it. When I first started my current job I came on as a publication manager — a new position in charge of running three publications for thee clients. A huge part of running those publications was editing them. Since then (now almost two years later) I have continued showcasing my editing abilities by reviewing press releases, bylines, strategic plan, RFPs and even ad copy. I take pride in my abilities although I am never too proud to say that I have an AP Stylebook next to my desk that is regularly referenced and I know I miss things.

2. I’m great at running things. I am an organizer. I like lists. I like checking things off my lists. I like making one list and then dividing it into smaller lists of things to get done today, tomorrow and at some point down the line. Because of this I have become a strong publication manager — I currently have four publications in production at different stages — and I also am a good event planner. While organization is not the end all be all of these activities, it does help.

3. I can piggy-back on ideas. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most creative one in the office … by far. However, I do think I am good at hearing an idea and developing it more. This is why I love brainstorm sessions. Whether it is two people or 20, hearing ideas and talking them through really allows my brain to turn. And while my idea might not be the one chosen, at least I can keep the conversation going and hopefully spur someone else’s brilliant idea.

4. I choose what I do. I list this as a strength because it really helps me put everything in perspective. When I went to college I ensured myself that I had a few paths to go down. I have a journalism degree. I have a marketing background. I have an event background. I have a math degree — yes, suprising I know. I have my teacher’s certification and can teach fourth graders up through Algebra II and pre-calculus. I’ve got a lot of options, but I hapily say that I’m in a profession that suits me.

5. I’m anxious to mentor and be mentored.Throughout my PR and related careers, I never had a mentor. I was a do-it-yourselfer and a self-starter, so I learned on my own and, probably a little to my detriment, was never big on asking for help or asking questions. Now that I’m older and hopefully wiser, I am anxious to help my peers and help someone get started on his / her career. I want to share my knowledge, but most of all, I want to grow. People younger and older than me have a lot of experiences I don’t have, and by working more closely with them, hopefully I can further my own development.

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