When I coach speakers, I begin by telling them about their strengths. Occasionally, a client will tell me, “I don’t need to have my ego stroked! Let’s get to the important stuff.” I respond: “Your strengths are important.”
The Gift of Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us
Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote his poem “To a Louse” (quoted above) after seeing a louse crawling on the bonnet of a fashionably dressed lady. She was infected with that scourge of the poor: head lice! In the poem, Burns expresses (in Scottish dialect) his wish that God had granted us the power to see ourselves as others see us.