How To Identify Unique Talents -Ask For Help

Apr 9, 2016 by

We all have unique talents, yet a lot of us are blind to them and are quick to identify areas of technical or professional excellence if asked what we do best.

Try to set some time aside over the coming weeks to think about your life using one or both of the approaches I’ll describe below, and in next posts.
You’ll be the better for it.

The aim of this exercise is to have your family/friends/associates identify your unique talents. Unique talents are those particular personal qualities we possess that set us apart from almost all others.

Very often, they come so naturally to us that we may not be aware of them or if aware may not even see them as anything special. Typically they are carried out with an ease and grace that is especially striking to the external observer. Recognizing these talents will give us valuable insights into what facets of our professional and personal lives we should be emphasizing, and may open the door to alternative career scenarios. We all have unique talents.
The emphasis here is on human qualities, not on technical or procedural mastery.

Sample examples from actual clients are:

* “Able to deal with angry or difficult patients in a good-humored way, yet decompress the awkward situation.”

* “Excellent at challenging authority figures, without being strident or disrespectful.”

Proceed as follows:

1. Identify 10-15 individuals who know you well and whom you view as well disposed to you. Ideally, they will be from a variety of contexts, about 1/3rd professional, 1/3rd family, and 1/3rd friends. The latter third could be drawn from groups like your golf or book club, volunteer organizations you belong to, your church or synagogue and so forth.

2. Ask these individuals to identify 2 or 3 special human qualities that you possess where you really shine, and to share them with you. A sample note is provided at the end of this document.

3. Make a list of these qualities.

Sample Note:

Dear X,
I am in the process of evaluating my professional goals and objectives and would like to ask for 5 minutes of your time to help me. I’m interested in knowing what close friends, family, and professional colleagues view as my special human talents, as distinct from areas of procedural or technical expertise.
I’d be grateful if you would let me know of 2 or 3 qualities that come most to mind when you think of me. The nice thing is you only have to think of positive attributes.
I’ll be amalgamating these with feedback from about 10-15 others.
Thank you very much in advance for your help.

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