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September 19, 2006

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Dorothea

For some people, it does come naturally. That doesn't mean the rest of us can't learn it -- you're right, it's a set of behaviors.

I'm trying to figure out how to get that across to a librarian of my acquaintance. Haven't had much luck thus far.

Faye

Scott, you nailed it when you wrote "it's about getting the job done". No matter how uncomfortable or stomach-churning, in the end it is absolutely about the job. When we love the job, we'll somehow (through perseverance, strength of will and/or sheer stubborness) we'll do whatever it takes.

Thanks for sharing this at a time when I particularly need to be reminded that the job, the goal, always takes precedence over my own shyness and reticence.

LaurenceBaker

I share similar traits, but I may be different. For several years, I had panic attacks speaking amongst groups. Medication was part of the solution, but it still took me a while to become fully functional in meetings. I think I do experience some kind of validation when speaking involves "doing my job," as opposed to being entertaining in a social group, which may be similar to your own sense of duty. But the idea of "a set of behaviors" has me puzzled. It doesn't feel this way to me. If the speaking I'm doing in groups didn't feel natural at this point, I don't know how I would have gotten to where I am. For the most part, it would be difficult to impossible for me to trace back to where I might have learned any of the behaviors I might be exhibiting. But like I said, maybe we're different.

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