Discovering (and profiting from) your hidden talents


05-07-2020
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Guest blog by Simon Hall

A surprise discovery inside yourself which can bring in new income, make you feel good, and benefit a lot of people. What's not to like?

I made a surprise discovery which brought in considerable unexpected business, made me feel good, and was also a great benefit to a lot of people. 

Let me take a step back, and explain.

I held a webinar on Cracking a Career Change for the excellent Cambridge Network this week. 

I did it for free, and for a couple of good reasons. 

Firstly, two friends have been made redundant because of Covid in the last fortnight. 

I fear many more good people, with a great deal to contribute, will follow. 

So I wanted to do something worthwhile, which might be a small help to those seeking new jobs. 

Secondly, I held the webinar because I realised I had the qualifications to do so.

Three years ago, I left the safety of the BBC to strike out on my own, so I know exactly what it's like to make such a big change. 

Anyway, the webinar went well, and the feedback was very kind, which was uplifting.

But more importantly...

There was one area I mentioned which really chimed with the group - 

A skills audit.

What do I mean by that?

It's this - 

Taking stock of all that you do, all you've learnt over the years, and finding those hidden talents which can now be very useful to you. 

For example, when I left the BBC I expected to be working mainly in writing stories for businesses and organisations, and helping them with media relations. 

But no. By running a skills audit, I realised there was much more I could talk about, teach, and consult on...

  • Dealing with pressure
  • Social media
  • Blog writing 
  • Public speaking
  • Cracking a career change
  • The art of the job interview

There are a few others as well, but those alone have seen me working in places I might never have worked, alongside brilliant people I might never otherwise have met, and they've brought in considerable income...

But perhaps most importantly -  

They've made me feel good. In realising that I had more to offer than I initially expected. 

Sharing those experiences have also helped a lot of people, many of whom will shape our world of tomorrow. 

I'd call that a win-win-win-win, and win some more.

In conclusion, for all those reasons, I can strongly recommend carrying out a skills audit of yourself. 

It doesn't take long, maybe an hour. It can be done sitting in the sunshine, with a glass of wine, or a beer.

And it can have very positive benefits.

 

I'm a tutor, lecturer and coach in Communications and Business Skills at the University of Cambridge. I also run my own media, public relations and design consultancy, Creative Warehouse, work in government, and across the private and public sectors.
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