My name is Mercury. I dedicate my service to the
business world to facilitate high quality communication in the workplace.
Iím on call 24 hours a day. Information is my claim to fame. When
you write, speak or use body language, you demonstrate my properties.
Without them, your work environment would fizzle.
of the Hill when it comes to expressing concepts. I say what is
on my mind and play with yours to stimulate creative thinking. Frankly,
your business couldnít survive without me. I promise that if you
pay attention to this interview youíre going to appreciate my talents
a whole lot more.
you learn, speak and listen. Remember how curious and eager you
were to get in the groove with your new job? I was in the break
room pouring doses of comprehension into your morning coffee and
urging you to drink deeply so the new data would sink in swiftly.
I work with your innate intelligence and influence how you absorb
information. I function as a good executive secretary simultaneously
so you donít operate on overload and can screen out what you donít
colleagues have a saying about me: ďWhere thereís a meeting of the
minds, youíll find Mercury.Ē Thatís very true. In fact I have dominion
over all types of meetings, conferences and communicated events.
I inspire dialogue and think that silence is meant to be broken.
Do you recall being speechless at last Wednesdayís staff meeting
when your boss announced an unanticipated workload crisis that meant
all vacations would be canceled? That was me giving you a nudge
when I knew you had a workable solution but were temporarily tongue-tied.
Did you like the way your boss responded by putting you in charge
of organizing the plan?
I bailed you out when your employee gave you still another lame
excuse for being late. I sensed your impatience and knew a sarcastic
comment was bubbling in your throat. You stopped listening and I
had to get your attention. That sudden breeze you felt was me blowing
a little wisdom your way so you could assess the problem correctly
and make your employee accountable for getting to work on time.
Iím a big supporter of flexibility and am glad you suggested the
employee consider an alternative work schedule. Besides, if I had
allowed you to resort to a temper tantrum, I would have had to share
this interview with my testy colleague, Mars.
high-energy company wants people with good presentation skillsómotivators
and enthusiasts who know how to think on their feet. As Lord of
the Podium I am only too happy to share the limelight with individuals
who master the art of communication. I have a comprehensive checklist
that I use to assess your prowess on the platform. Powerful speakers
command the attention of the audience by varying the tone, pitch,
pace and body gestures they invoke to deliver their message. Ultimately,
the message must be clear and accurate, and a little eloquence goes
a long way.
Spirit Guide of the Media World, Iím a stickler for proper grammar
in the spoken and written word, an absolute necessity for quality
work. If youíre unsure of how to pronounce a word, check with the
pros. Ask any broadcaster, news commentator or talk show host who
has experienced a disastrous slip of the tongue. I learned the hard
way that you canít fake it with well-educated groups. They know
when youíre off kilter.
down three times a year for three weeks at a time when I go into
apparent retrograde motion and appear to be moving backward. During
those times, I just canít seem to stay on schedule. I experience
breakdowns in communicating my ideas, I feel confused and express
myself poorly, and my office equipment goes on the fritz. I put
decisions on hold while I ponder my options. Thank goodness I keep
my wits intact and the delays are only temporary. (Editor's Note:
For more information on Mercury Retrograde, see Mercury
Retrograde: A Modern Look and The
Mercury Retrograde Story.)
facilitating discussions. The sheer energy of lively communication
stimulates the air I breathe. Wherever there is a forum for disseminating
information, youíll find me networking and giving my lungs a workout.
I just have to have a hand in the process.
forget I excel at fielding questions and delivering meaningful answers.
You can pick my brain any time you are stumped. But enough about
my credentials. Contact me via email, cell phone, the Internet or
the cosmos. Iíll be the wind beneath your wings.