If our network of professionals and creators of credentials have ever finished their weekly pile of reading of online information and books and felt there were still big gaps in what they needed to find, then they know why we started Gifted Professionals and Communicators Journal.
We designed it as an intelligent, entertaining, useful online watering hole for gifted professionals and communicators whose inborn characteristics, complexities, intenseness, curiosity, and interests are largely unrecognized and unserved by existing media.
All professionalism and storytelling will be our province, but our major focus will be on the gifted adults and effective communicators who may not be in the headlines, but whose work and life experiences form the fabric of our times.
There is no reason why something as important as professionalism should be interesting only to business owners and workers or buried under dry, boring reports or board minutes.
Until you look closer, professionalism seems too large a topic to nail down in a single topic, bite-size blog of fewer than 700 words. Through the eyes of the individual, it is a distinct topic. It is their life, their choice of colleges or training, their passion for a professional calling, and their decision whether to add credentials initials behind their name. It’s super specific, individually addressable, and not easily found in lists of generalized chat topics.
The mind and world of the gifted professional are on overdrive and multi-potential constantly. We notice them most often in the success stories of business articles, magazines, and conference event presentations. There’s another side of those stories and it’s one of struggle, failures, imposter syndrome demons, and the torment of wanting to “fit it” without betraying the uniqueness of authentic gifts that need to come out and benefit humanity.
What are the two things the gifted professional wants most? First, more time, because they have far more in their heads and on their To-Do lists than nearly everyone they know. Secondly, they want to hear the stories of other gifted professionals and communicators. That’s because they are grand connectors of a million dots and deadlines. Their extreme sense of responsibility drives them to look for each other to give a massive, collective push to address humanity’s needs. Their ultra awareness of time means death is always on their mind as the inevitable finish line; thus, deadlines are serious commitments they make.
We looked for a community like this and did not find it. We looked for three years, joined communities that seemed “close enough” and verified the unmet need. Even sophisticated Google searches with artificial intelligence came up blank. So, we are building it now, one gifted professional and communicator at a time. Some community pros tell us consistency, patience, quality relationships and at least a year—that’s what it takes.
Because our community is one of gifted, experienced communicators, we will ask them to participate in the writing and telling of the stories. We will find the most sensitive writers among us to help explore the reasons behind failures as well as success.
We’ll cover deep issues and practical tips on how to survive with style when dealing with the outside world—the one where 95% of the adults were not born with multiple sensitivities, excessive curiosity, deep desires for precision and excellence, and a jungle of thoughts, emotions, intuitions, high standards, insights, fears, questions and obsessions.
Our blog is always growing and changing and any attempt to describe it will necessarily be incomplete. We hope through their comments, witticisms, and suggestions that our readers will help set our course. We found resources of talent and ability existed in the core of more than 200 gifted professionals and communicators in our network. We invited them to be the first to share their stories. This pooled talent is the equal of any national movement in the world of communities, associations, or professional development enterprises.
What you will see in the year ahead are the first chapters or tiny samples of who they are and how they came to understand their giftedness and what drives them to constantly work on communication skills, storytelling, and connections.
More than 20 years ago, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. inspired our commitment to serve you and build a community with you with these words from The Gifted Adult:
Thanks for learning more about us today. We want your questions, curiosity, and stories. We’d be happy to hear from you, even if it’s just to point you in the right direction.