Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Creating a 'User Manual of Me:' Your Likes, Dislikes and Qualities

In Part 1 of this multi-part series on creating a “User Manual of Me” I noted the likely value of helping others understand how you like to communicate. In Part 2, I offered some ideas about sharing your abilities and disabilities. In this third part, I share some ways to help others get to know your likes, dislikes and a few things about your hobbies, extracurricular activities and more intimate aspects of your personality.

Share #4: Qualities

You may or may not want to share more intimate aspects of your personality. If you’re so willing, consider sharing the following in your User Manual:

1. Proudest Moment in My Life:

2. How I Make Decisions:

3. What Soothes My Spirit When I’m Unhappy or In a Bad Mood:

4. Seven Words That Describe Me:

5. Something You Can Quote Me On:

Share #5: Likes and Dislikes

Letting people know what you like and dislike can be a powerful means for others to get to know what makes you tick. Consider adding the following items to your User Manual.

1. My Favorite Morning Treat:

2. My Favorite Afternoon Treat:

3. My Favorite $5 Gift:

4. What I Like To Do When I Have An Unexpected Day Off:

5. What I Like to Do on a Friday Night:

6. What I Like to Do on a Saturday Afternoon:

7. What I Like to Do on a Sunday Morning:

8. Where I Hope to Be In Two to Three Years:

9. My Favorite Outdoor Activity:

10. One of My Favorite Songs:

11. What Fictional Duo I Am With My Pet:

12. What Hobby Have I Always Wanted To Pick Up:

13. What Spectator Activities Do I Most Enjoy Attending and Watching:

14. What Type Of Warm or Cold-Blooded Animal Would I Be:

It’s not necessary to use all of the above in your User Manual, anything you can share can only help others get to know you and understand you better.

That's All Folks!

I hope these three posts helped spur your thoughts about how formally sharing some information about yourself via a "User Manual of Me" might improve your interactions with others. For more information on topics like this - and - healthcare data, technology and services, consider following me on Twitter where I post as @ShimCode.

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