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What you do or who you are

I must be truly in need of motivation to wake up at 7:30 am today to attend a breakfast talk at 8:30 am.

Once described as a "presenter across boundaries," Diane Louise Jordan of Blue Peter (UK television programme) fame summarised her career history to a packed room of women. Her motivational speech was both entertaining and educational. Before I forget, let me jot down the main points.

Whatever you do, give it your 100% - that's what Diane's grandfather said.

Don't you hate it when people ask about what you do before you have a chance to finish saying your name? It's as if they can tell everything about you from what you do. Why don't they ask who you are?

Why indeed. For most people, it's easier to talk about what you do. Imagine being asked who you are. Where do you start? Are you a set of attributes, defined by sex, ethnic origin, age, and physical properties? Or are you defined by what you believe?

Unfortunately people do pigeonhole you based on what you say. We all stereotype to simplify the complexity.

I like this women-only audience. Unlike most of the energy conferences I attend where I'm one of the few women - and usually the only oriental woman, here I can be anonymous in a sea of women. I can let myself go. Maybe I should attend more women-only breakfast talks in my neighbourhood. But the next one (Single Mums) is definitely not for me.

18 January 2003 Saturday

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