CEHD Strengths Spotlight | Connor Damm, Pre- Kinesiology Student
At the University of Minnesota and in CEHD we feel every student has what they need to be successful. We believe in taking a strengths based approach and work with students to learn to use their talents so they can be developed into strengths.
What are your top 5 talent themes?
My top 5 talent themes are Positivity, Empathy, Communication, Adaptability, and Woo!
In what ways do you use your talents each day?
Positivity is a talent that I use every day. I find that if you are happy and excited to be doing whatever it may be that you are doing, then other people around you are happier and more excited too. I like being positive because it makes the overall experience more fun and enjoyable regardless of what you are doing.
Empathy is my talent to connect and relate to others. I often think of how other people will be affected by things I see on the news or read in the Daily. It can be hard to put yourself it someone else's shoes and feel the pain they are going through but it is amazing to share someone else's joy and triumph. Empathy to me is connecting with people on a deeper more emotional level.
Communication is something that I do 24/7. I am always thinking of different ideas and talking them out with my friends. Being a good communicator makes it easier for me to clearly express my thoughts and feelings as well as take constructive criticism. Communication is the corner stone to developing any relationship.
Adaptability is a talent that I take to heart. I pride myself on being quick on my feet and not getting stuck in a routine. I very much live in the moment and take life as it comes.
Woo! Is obviously the best talent theme, or at least the most fun to say. Winning others over is something that I love to do. I love meeting new people, connecting with them, and turning them into friends. It is fun and it's a great way to get out of my comfort zone. I pride myself on being able to get along with anyone.
How have you sought to develop your talent themes?
I have developed my talent themes by trying to consciously acknowledge when I use them. Before the Strengths Finder Assessment I already knew that I was good at talking to people. But after I know realize that this is because of my two talent themes Communication and Woo. By recognizing when I use my talent themes I can work on improving them.
Which talent themes fit you best and why?
I think the talent theme that fits me best is Adaptability. I live day by day and don't worry too much about the future. I try to take in life right now and do the best I can every day. I love trying new things and going on adventures. I am always ready to try a new restaurant or meet new people. Adaptability to me means being able to do the best you can in the moment and never saying no to something new and exciting.
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