As part of a monthly staff spotlight in the newsletter, some of us have been given profiles to fill out and return to the office. The final question on this profile is, “Tell us something people wouldn’t know about you.”
This is such a hard question! Mostly because it has to fit certain criteria to be work-appropriate.
1. Can’t be too personal – no one at work (staff or members) needs to know of my fertility struggles.
2. Can’t be too crude – I have to see these people every time I go to work!
3. Can’t be too boring – “I’m happily married and have a 5 year old son.” While that statement is true, it’s a bit of a snore-fest.
4. Must contain some element of cool. “I was president of the chess club” is not gonna cut it!
5. Probably should be true. I briefly considered making something up, but if someone probed or requested proof, I’d not be able to give it. For example, I can’t say I’ve jumped out of a plane, because there surely would be proof of that.
So, after quite some time deliberating on my options, I’ve come up with a few things about me that you might not know.
“I played district representative golf in high school with a very famous Australian golfer (who I won’t mention here for fear of google).”
Pros: I work at a golf club, the people reading this would think this was “cool”. Cons: It’s a bit boring!
“I have travelled all over the world, but am terrified of flying.”
Pros: It’s a bit quirky/ironic. Cons: What idiot is afraid of flying? Loser! It’s definitely not cool.
“I played the flute from 4th grade to 12th grade. I didn’t do anything inappropriate with it at band camp. Ever.”
Pros: Not sure if there are any? Cons: Maybe crossing the crude line?
“I can bench press 30kgs.”
Pros: This might be impressive to some. Cons: This is a golf club newsletter, not a gym newsletter. Who brags about what weight they can press? Meat heads, that’s who.
“My husband and I met 10 years ago, online, and it turned out in a city of over 5 million people, we lived 2 buildings away from each other in the same complex.”
Pros: It’s one of those “woah! Small-world-fate” stories that most people are shocked by. Cons: Who internet dates? Desperate crazies? The majority of members are too many generations removed from this being “cool”, it is more “weird.”
“I grew up playing tennis, golf and volleyball, was nominated for sportswoman of the year in high school and voted Most Likely to be a Famous Athlete at the grade 12 formal.”
Pros: It proves I was athletic. I can re-live my glory days. Cons: That was almost 20 years ago, get over yourself.
“I’d really like to be a photographer. I’ve even
half-assed started my own business.”
Pros: It’s a pretty cool hobby (lots of people tell me they wish they could take better pictures! It might lead to some business. Cons: Maybe not smart to tell all of your work place you’d actually rather be doing something else.
As you can see, finding something about myself that the members may not know, that is appropriate to share, is quite challenging. So I have two questions for you.
Which of the above is your favourite thing about me you might not have known?
And what is something about YOU that people might not know? I might steal it if it’s cool enough!
Linking up with Grace for Flog Yo’ Blog Friday!