This week I was called timid and shy! ME? I’m a social butterfly that prides herself on not being an introvert, and being transparent across all boards whether online or offline. I had to look at myself and the way I behave in my personal, professional and social settings to see if there was a vast difference. One thing I can definitely say about myself is that I adapt to my surroundings very quickly when necessary.
I’m always in a business state of mind! At work I do my job and am very organized. I will speak and am very cordial and then I keep it moving! I have several departments within the organization that I work with however, I’m closest to people I work with very closely as a team. I’m not very chatty and have always had the CYA (cover your ass) type of attitude in any position I’ve held. People seem to always want to shift blame on others when a issue arises. If you dot all your I’s and cross your T’s you’ll be just fine! Document, document, document is my motto! I get my work done and will speak out on necessary topics if I feel the need. So I guess at work I can come off as being somewhat timid.
In my personal life everything is hectic; I’m married to my high school sweetheart, have four children, work full time, run a business, have a social live and make family time a priority. If my family is okay and everything is taken care of, everything else in my life falls into place and runs smoothly. I find myself running around multitasking most of the time. It’s essential that I pull things off, handling my roles as a wife, mom, employee and business owner. When I’m in this mode I’m sure I look like the energizer bunny, always on the go but very FOCUSED! I always set goals for myself, so everything I do is for a reason. I’m always looking at what the end result will be.
I love to have a good time! Yes, I will plan an event for any and every reason! I also support my friends and colleagues by attending their events whether it’s a Chamber event, afterhours business social or themed PARTY! I’ll be there! Attending events has always been a huge part of my personal and professional life. Being social and networking allows me to make connections with people all the time and build my network. I’m an avid blog and social media conference attendee, love connecting and meeting my virtual buddies in real life.
True and funny story, I attended a afterhours networking mixer recently and we had to participate in a ice breaker. I did my little introduction and ended with oh… and I’m a social media butterfly! Several people that I knew personally at this point, said… YES SHE IS! I met her on Twitter! It was the funniest thing to me. I’ve met so many people online that I continue to build with and now we’re in real life friends and support each anothers professional endeavors.
I’m very transparent, what you see is what you get! My personality online is the same offline and knowing how to carry myself in different social settings goes a LONG way! Earlier this year I did a FUN photo shoot and changed my Facebook cover to match all my roles and we came up with the picture below. I think I’m going to make it my Twitter Cover as well because those are all the hats I wear on a daily basis! I’m not timid at all! What do you think? Do people see you the a complete opposite of who you really are? How many sides to you are there? I’m curious…