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  1. Ann Marie van den Hurk, APR
    March 1, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    You are so right. We as PR professionals have often pushed our “raw” aside. Our professional or maybe really who we’ve worked for has caused us to live in messaging and bridging often showing lack of emotion while we are filled with great passion about what we do. (Not to say those skills don’t come in handy in tight personal situations) I have to say being a consultant for the past 3 years has allowed me to rediscover my “raw”. Through Twitter, Facebook, and my blog, I’m actually showing people who I am and it feels great. It will take time for us to rediscover our “raw”, but I have a feeling more will.

  2. Deirdre
    March 2, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    Hi Ann Marie! Yes, we do tend to put our emotions aside for the messages and bridging back to topics. It’s so good that you are rediscovering your “raw.” I feel the same way over the past couple of years. Twitter, Facebook and my blog have definitely helped. Thanks for sharing your thought on the topic.

  3. Tatyana Gann
    March 3, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    Dear Deidre

    What a pleasure to see this blog post! I think we all must be natural and never force ourselves to be something else to make our readers feel better. The magic spark we create in PR 2.0 will only happen when we are true to our values and core beliefs.

    I think each person, each blogger, each writer has something they can offer that is very valuable and as I was reading the other day the book by Seth Godin “Linchpin” he said something profound that even we must always be in creative flow and be ourselves and that creative sparks create success and the rest of the time we do same things as everyone else.
    I think we need to stop worrying about what impressing others but focus on showing consistency on what we represent and that will establish more trust.

    Thank you Deirdre

    Tatyana Gann

  4. Helena Summer Medena
    March 3, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Being yourself!
    Sometimes, it feels as if there are only 10 books written and they just get re-written.
    Indeed, there is huge fear about shining. Most of us have been traumatized (in some way or another) in the childhood and are now insecure to the level that we dont even know who we are anymore. Just because we “like” someones style, doesn’t meant that we are empty.

    I see this on FB so often. We use smart quotes from worlds leaders, and yes, they inspire the world, but I come to your page because I want to hear what YOU have to say. If I want Einsteins quote, I know where to find it.

    This all tells me how important Emotional work and self growth are in the business. MUCH more than we think.

    Stay Original! Stay who you are! Stay Delicious,
    Helena S. Medena

  5. Deirdre
    March 3, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    Hi Tatyana! Thank you for your thoughtful insight. I have to pick up a copy of Seth Godin’s Linchpin. I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately. Will add it to my 2010 reading list. You are absolutely right! Focusing on what we represent and who we really are will build trust in a relationship.

  6. Deirdre
    March 3, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    Hi Helena! So true…in business there is a lot of Emotional work and self growth that needs to be done by business professionals. By learning to Be Yourself, this is definitely the first step. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog.

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