- Posted by Martina Lunardelli
- On 06/02/2017
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Why sharing is important and we shouldn’t be scared of it.
This is the first post of my newly born blog. A project I have been eager to start since forever.
The goal of my blog is, indeed, sharing. In our globalized world it has become more and more difficult to keep up with the pace of news, updates, social networks and life in general. Sharing is a fundamental component of life. We share daily – we share a cup of (Italian, please) coffee, a hug, a smile. We share words and spaces. Sharing is a natural component of every person, no matter how shy or timid.
What is more difficult to do is sharing when it has something to do with our professional environments, our goals and skills and expertise.
But why? Why are we so afraid of?
As most of us may know, our progress in becoming a skilled and qualified professional is something we strongly care about and we often strive to accomplish. This is why, at times, we are not willing to share our small world with others.
Nevertheless, this is a huge mistake we should try to avoid, or at least something we should try to manage.
What should we share and with whom?
Our colleagues or coworkers are mostly our team, our family, when it comes to work, even though we operate independently and not as a group. Therefore, we can behave as if it were our real family out there. Do not be afraid of picking up your phone and ask for advice, for support or simply to talk.
It is pretty obvious you should not share sensitive details (be wise!), such as the names of your direct clients (if you aren’t willing to share the job with a colleague) or the agencies you cooperate with. This would sound rather naïf (unless you are willing to spoil the details, of course).
The greatest of all my fears was showing my weaknesses, sharing difficult situations and asking for support. This was a part of my personal characteristic I wasn’t happy about. I tended not to express discontent, to show I was human and to admit I have ups and downs, and that I necessarily had to accept the fact.
I have been working with a colleague (and friend) of mine for years now, and always felt sure I could trust him and he could trust me.
I feel very fortunate to be part of a group of colleagues, now good friends, who are extremely supportive, sharing and suppliers of amazing ideas (and silly jokes). On a daily basis we exchange points of view, suggestions and, yes, fears (and juicy pills, as well). We surely share diverging views on different topics, and this makes the exchange much more interesting. But basically they are there to help me out of dead-ends, and I am there whenever they need me. They are there to share good news, we are each other’s personal cheerleaders.
How did I find such great individuals who enjoy the same passion for sharing without “stealing”, just for the pleasure of it? Networking is my answer. Get your butt out there and look for interesting events where colleagues gather. You will find out there are oodles of good-hearted people with whom you can treat yourself (chose wisely, not all people are good). Us interpreters are more talkative and less introvert, but I warmly recommend the most reticent people to try and get out of your environment. (Here just an example of an international event for professional translators and interpreters I enjoyed last year in Prague and that is taking place in Budapest next May: BP17 Translation Conference).
Sharing is caring.
(oh! And speaking of sharing, go ahead and share this post with your colleagues!)