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Thursday, April 25, 2013

I Have a Catchphrase?

In the past week, it's been made clear to me twice that my big value-add at work is my relentless enthusiasm for upcoming changes to stuff in IT. While I'll be the first to admit that sometimes these changes come with a certain amount of pain, two different people have said that my presentation style really makes everything better.

First I was chatting with Glenn last week and I said that something would be awesome. He said, with a meaningful twinkle in his eye, "It would be completely awesome." When I didn't laugh he said, "You may not know this, or realize this, but your catchphrase in the School of Med is, "It will be completely awesome!"" I smiled and said, "Really?" And he said, "Oh yes, definitely." Immediately I'm thinking, "Sheesh, I'm a dork. I should monitor my language so I don't sound like such an 80s Valley Girl." But he continued, "Yeah, people really look forward to your presentations because they're always so enthusiastic and even when stuff will be tough, there's always some really great benefit they count on you to point out." Then I started musing on making up a presentation Bingo card for the next time I present to them with "Completely Awesome!" as the center square.

Then at the end of my exercise class today I bumped into Valerie from the Classics department. She said, "Oh hey, you're the famous Ammy. I love your presentations." I blinked and said thank you and she went on to sing my praises some more about how she "was sad when Sarah Straight left the university because I figured there was no one who could bring so much enthusiasm to IT stuff, but then you came along and it was perfect." We chatted for a few more minutes, then went on with our day and I floated back to my desk on a bubble of, "People like my style. I'm good at my job. Yay."

So, y'know, that's completely awesome.


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