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You forget what?!

I cannot remember people's names, especially in person. If I have something to reference repeatedly (like a name tag or a name on a Zoom screen) it gets much easier for me. It's one of my primary social anxiety triggers, which I have many because I am one of the most socially awkward people you will meet. Give me a room full of people and a speech to deliver or a lesson to teach and I'm good . One-on-one, or a small group that I need to carry a conversation with and I will start sweating. I'm talking armpits are dripping, palms feel like a fish, and breathing hard while making some of the strangest facial expressions you've ever seen. Name tags help so much; sometimes they also make us stop for a second. Especially when they have a title with them. (ever been at a new job, and somebody walks up and starts talking, and you say something that suddenly you realize was possibly not how you meant it, and then you take a look at the badge they have on, and it says “CEO,” “Manager,” “Vice President of Office Manners”…ouch) Titles and labels can be good, but they can also put us into boxes that we aren't sure we fit in. For example, I'm a virtual assistant. That's the broadest term I can find to fit everything I offer into. I'm also a graphic designer, photographer, copywriter, strategist, social media manager, and a lot of other things. If you have ever watched my IG stories or read some of the things I work on for clients, you may be a little confused, and that's ok. I'm one of those people who when you ask me to put a label on what I do, I will give you a very blank stare and ask how much space I have to write in. Having a broad skill set is something I have always been ok with; it's helped me pivot more times than I can count, and it's opened up doors that otherwise would have remained closed because of well-organized boxes to keep people in. That's totally fine, and I admire people laser-focused focused on the career they are in. It's just not…me. When it comes to people asking if I can help them with their business, the answer is probably yes. If tech-heavy/ back-end work, then I can probably help you. What's even better, I have a majorly cool network of amazing women that do the things I can't do, so I can refer you to another person if I can't help. I may not remember your name in a room of new faces, but I will be happy to help you in any way I can! If your to-do list keeps growing and causing you stress, let's talk about how I can help you with that. It's my favorite thing to do, whether it's a one-time project or an ongoing commitment; it's all great to me!

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