Monday, March 10, 2008

Face 6, Body 3 1/2, Personality? 10!

I "borrowed" this questionnaire from a trade magazine I read - Communications World as a member of IABC (International Association of Business Communicators). They offer you the option of downloading the full questionnaire from www.iabc.com/cw/personality and then submit it. You may be selected to be featured in the magazine.

But hell, who needs CW and their editorial review board?

I can self-publish here! And I want you to join me!

{cue the Mission Impossible Music}

This assignment, should you choose to accept it, has a deadline of March 31st. Let me know if you are up for it by commenting here and I'll put my response and a link to everyone else up on my page on the 31st.

So jump in with both feet and start drafting your clever replies. Activate your post on 3/31 and we'll all learn a little more about one another's personalities. The crazier the better!

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What historical figure do you most identify with and why?

Which word or phrase do you think is overused right now?

How would you explain your profession to a child?

What did you have to learn the hard way?

What do you sing or hum when you're alone?

What talent would you most like to have?

What movie character would you like to portray and why?

Is there a book that changed your perspective on life?

What's the best reward for a job well done?

What is your personal motto?

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These questions require some thought people!

Look forward to seeing your answers.

10 comments:

KiKi said...

Oooh, I'm down! Count me in...

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm in. I love a ready-made blog post idea!

A's Mom said...

See we knew you couldn't stay away for too long. I'm in, but mine might not be as intellectual as everyone else's. I'll try though.

Khair Insha'allah! said...

Count me in... I need a challenge!

Stephanie said...

I'm so there. I love the questions!

Stephanie said...

I'm so there. I love the questions!

Ian Lidster said...

Well, here's mine right here for you.

What historical figure do you most identify with and why?

I am a great admirer of the World War Two correspondent Ernie Pyle. Without his work much of the truth about the wretched lives of combatants would have never seen the light of day. As a longtime journalist, I worship at the shrine of the man who literally gave his all (he was killed by a sniper on Iwo Jima in 1945) for the truth. In his own life, he was a somewhat tortured and alcoholic soul, but that made little difference in terms of what he did. I once made the trek to his grave at the Punchbowl Military Cemetery in Honolulu.

Which word or phrase do you think is overused right now?

“Awesome,” without question. I have come to detest it and I make (despite the fact it’s unfair) immediate judgments about the utterer. They are not nice judgments.

How would you explain your profession to a child?

I would merely ask the child if he or she likes stories. I would then ask if they like writing their own stories. I would then tell them that what I do is write stories for other people to read and I get paid for them. Not much, but enough to get by.

What did you have to learn the hard way?

That I am the master of my own destiny and that nobody can do it for me. I must live with my own decisions, whether they are right or wrong. I also learned the value (the hard way) of complete honesty, fidelity and unconditional love.

What do you sing or hum when you're alone?

Many things. It all depends either on the mood I’m in, or what stupid song is stuck in my head.

What talent would you most like to have?

The ability to play a musical instrument, and to be able to play it well enough that I could at least entertain myself.

What movie character would you like to portray and why?

I’ve already been Bill Murray in Lost in Translation (minus the sweet and tender ministrations of Scarlett Johansson (drat), but I have certainly been lost in that midlife morass of angst (no more, blessedly). So, no, I wouldn’t want to be him. But, in a way, I’d like to be him in Groundhog Day. While it begins bleakly, eventually it evolves that he has the power to control his outcomes and ultimately his destiny. Wouldn’t we all like to have that power?



Is there a book that changed your perspective on life?

I could say Hamlet, I could say the Bible, I could say David Copperfield, I could say The Catcher in the Rye, and I could say hundreds of others, all of which have played roles in changing my perspective on life. But the one that offered me a sort of epiphany was a simple little self-help tome by the writer and therapist Melody Beattie, called Codependent No More. Coming out of the failure of a disastrous marriage, Ms. Beattie provided me with simple insights as to how to change my behaviors and responses to opposite sex loved ones. Put simply, her stuff works, and continues to work. So, in that regard, that book changed my perspective on life and allowed me to take charge.

What's the best reward for a job well done?

Well, money, course. But, beyond that, inner satisfaction that comes from knowing that I have indeed done the job well.

What is your personal motto?

If nothing changes, nothing changes.

lyndaspix said...

I'm in. I've got to start thinking about my answers...hmmmmm

asecrettobluebamboo said...

I'm in. This is a great idea!

KiKi said...

I'm done!