My most recent speaking engagement was a two-hour lecture at Queensborough College on November 6th here in Bayside, Queens. I’m the VP of Public Relations at my local chapter of Toastmasters International. As such, my goals included the following:
I graduated from Binghamton University during the summer of 1997. At that time, I didn’t have much direction. I earned a degree in psychology, but did not have the funds—or desire—to spend several more years in college to eventually earn a PhD in order to make use of my studies. Consequently, it took many years for me to determine my professional path in life.
Over time, I honed my skills as a digital marketer. I enjoy my work, particularly when I’m confident that I can achieve great results for a client. Additionally, there is an abundant need for the services that I provide, so I’m happy to encourage others to enter this space. When I do speak at colleges and universities, I let students know what to expect in this field. But, I also give them some tips that may save them time upon graduation. I lost many years figuring things out, so it feels good when I can save someone else some time.
Myers & Briggs categorize me as a either INTJ (i.e., introversion, intuition, thinking, and judging), or an INTP (i.e., introversion, intuition, thinking, perceiving) depending on when I take their test, or one of its many clones. The common theme here is that I am naturally introverted, and regularly speaking in front of others helps me to maintain control over this personality trait.
Myers & Briggs summarize this personality-type as “Vision oriented. Quietly innovative. Insightful. Conceptual. Logical. Seeks understanding. Critical. Decisive. Independent. Determined. Pursues competence, improvement.” I like how 16 Personalities expands on this definition.
The difference between INTP and INTJ is apparent in my own transformation as a human being. “Judging” implies that one categorizes actions and behaviors as having varying levels of morality. “Perceiving” implies that one acknowledges facts, but doesn’t necessarily judge those facts as right or wrong. I would say that my journey towards a more libertarian mindset has been paired with my journey from “judging” towards “perceiving.” Myers & Briggs’s summary of INTP is “Logical. Conceptual. Analytical. Objective. Detached. Critical. Ingenious. Complex. Intellectually curious. Loves ideas. Pursues understanding. Questioning. Adaptable. Independent.” Of course, an expanded description is available on 16 Personalities, too.
Today, this is one of my lesser goals. Some years ago, I was interested in growing my company by acquiring lots of clients. However, I now enjoy having far fewer clients. I prefer to focus my time on just a handful of projects, so that I can do my best work. I do enjoy meeting people and developing my personal brand. However, I’m more interested in bringing value to the people I meet.
I’ve been a member of various chapters of Toastmasters International, on and off for many years. Not only has it helped me to take control of my natural introversion, but it has made me a far better communicator. The dues are extremely reasonable, and affordable for college students. So, whenever I do speak, I promote my club, and the organization as a whole.
Early next year, I expect to present at my alma mater, SUNY Binghamton. I haven’t been there in a long while, and it will be good to see how things have changed since my last visit.