Kathy Caprino believes answering this question helps you understand your greatness and your next life decision.
A career coach, Kathy elaborates:
If you don’t know what you’re great at, you can’t advocate for yourself strongly enough. Your communication style and the way you present your requests, projects, and ideas will be limp and unconvincing. Not knowing what you’re great at also means you’re more likely to be taken advantage of in the workforce – undervalued, underutilized, and under-compensated. If you don’t know your own worth and value in the world, you’ll underestimate the power and importance of your work and your contributions, and so will everyone else.
I’m great at explaining complex information in a clear manner to lay audiences.
It’s in my LinkedIn summary.
It’s a trait I improved a few years after college when I was hired as a full-time freelance reporter. I covered two towns as a correspondent and was published every day. I remember introducing myself to town department heads so they could trust me and know me before I called them with story questions. I remember, in particular, meeting with the water superintendent and he droned about water mains. I stopped him and asked naively, “What does a water main look like?” His face lit. Following him to an adjoining room, he showed me pipes of different colors and sizes and taught me the hierarchy of everything underneath a street. I used that knowledge whenever I wrote about water mains. I still use it today.
It is easy and natural for me to explain complex information in a simple manner for anyone to comprehend. I think many struggle with this. After five years self-employed in digital marketing and concurrently serving as an elected councilman, I want to combine my digital and policy lives and help an organization with public affairs.
I believe my background and passions in research, writing, and speaking will help an employer with policy, government affairs, government relations, regulatory affairs, political research, external relations, advocacy, corporate communications, community relations, or whatever title they use to describe their need.
Maybe we can help each other.