SAN ANGELO, Texas — Who remembers the song, “Voices Carry,” from the 80’s?
I never knew any of the lyrics other than “voices carry,” but the popular tune was heard over and over again during my teenage years. I also remember one of my teachers saying she loved the sound of my laughter. This sounds like a compliment, doesn’t it? I know that is what she intended; however, she also remarked that she could hear me from one end of the building to the other. So indeed, dear readers, voices carry!
There are many resources out there for us to determine our personality types and work styles. We can be loud, quiet, creative, helpful, powerful, a doer or a thinker, melancholy, and the list goes on. It is important for us to remember that defining who we are is not an opportunity to focus on the negative adjectives to describe us, but a learning tool to help us improve as individuals and for employers and employees alike when searching for that “perfect fit.”
If you speak with a more audible volume and your voice carries throughout the office, then you may be an excellent public speaker who does not even require a microphone. It has been noted many people who have booming voices also have booming personalities, so you may be a natural at acting, singing or comedy.
Let’s be realistic, though. What if someone else claimed your destiny to be the next Broadway star and you must work in an office environment? What if you sing and even your dogs cringe? Some of us have to keep our “day jobs” and practice self-discipline.
Leadership does not mean overpowering a conversation or ensuring everyone in the office hears what you have to say. The people who are thinking and doing quietly are great leaders. Introverts need to not feel like wallflowers, as it takes the serenity and professional aura of these diligent workers to help the rest of us focus. I have read that introverted styles think first and speak later. What a wonderful natural strength to possess.
The Angelo State University Small Business Development Center is a great place to work. Our team is comprised of a variety of personalities, skills, education and experience. We are self-motivated professionals, but we are also fun.
I hope you will pause and reflect to evaluate yourself, your work environment, and the people with whom you associate. Are you where you need to be? Do you feel you would be a greater asset in another position, or by starting your own business?
Our center maintains a resource library which contains books to determine your personality with descriptions of your primary and secondary traits. Our skilled advisers can assist those individuals who have the talents of styling hair, keeping the books, programming computers, jewelers or any other new business idea you may deem possible.
In the meantime, I will be answering the phone and visiting with our clients. I will try my best to practice self-discipline with my voice and earn the respect of others, but beware the happier I am and the more excited I get, the louder my voice becomes. And yes, I will continue listening to those hair bands and the hip-hop of the 80s and singing to my dogs.
“Business Tips” was written by Melissa Farr, Office Coordinator and Certified Administrative Professional of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. Contact her at Melissa.Farr@angelo.edu.