When I created this site I knew I wanted it to serve two purposes: first, to market my services to a wide audience; second, to pull together the fragments of my life and help me see the connections between them.
For this latter reason it was important to have one site that spoke to all the things I do well. But I worried that the second purpose might undermine the first. Would people looking for a writer balk at seeing me market myself as an editor, tutor and consultant? Would people looking for an assessment consultant cringe to see I'm also looking for writing and editing gigs? Could I really be good at any of these things if I claim to be good at all of them?
As I pondered these questions today, searching for connections, I had an epiphany. I finally began to see why I am passionate about and good at all of these things:
- They are all about learning, relationships, and changing the world.
- They all draw on the same core set of skills: active listening; helping people clarify their values, purpose and goals; seeing connections between the big picture and the details; creative problem-solving; synthesizing and summarizing complex ideas; and clear communication.
Of course there are other skills and knowledge, outside of the ones mentioned above, that are more specific to some of the contexts than others. In teaching and consulting, for example, I draw far more from my expertise in the theories and practices of teaching and learning than I do when I'm editing or writing. And in consulting, my knowledge of English grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation isn't as relevant as when I am writing, editing or teaching writing.
Nevertheless, the realization that editing, writing, tutoring and consulting are all connected is somehow a huge relief. Perhaps I had been worried that I am lazy, or that the fragments of my life could not form a coherent whole. I am glad to find that, at least in this instance, those fears were unfounded.