In the previous week, our readers were presented with a challenge: Spot the University Professor.
After a short description during which they were asked to form a mental picture of this professor, they had to look at this picture and guess which one was actually her.
The results were stunning!
20% voted A
20% voted B
20% voted C
6.7% voted D
13.3% voted “All of the above”
and 20% voted “None of the above”
So according to the participants it could have been practically anyone, but the correct answer is: C!
Zoi Resta, Interpreters’ trainer at the Ionian University in Greece, Freelance Interpreter and Translator, Business Development @TheLanguageProject, Member of the International Federation of Translators (FIT), Member of the European Society for Translation Studies (EST), Member of the Panhellenic Association of Professional Translators Graduates of the Ionian University (PEEMPIP), Member of the Pancyprian Union of Graduate Translators and Interpreters, Member of the Hellenic Society for Translation Studies.
Impressed yet? I am!
What does this challenge show us? Well, that we are not the stereotype of our job. Dr. Resta is not only an extremely talented professional, she is also a very fun and kind person (I happen to know her personally), and as you can see, extremely hot!
We should never fall into the trap of judging a person by their job title, or by their Facebook profile image. Each one of us is way more than what appears in an email signature, or on a business card, or on just about anything that gives us a limited first impression.
Let’s be open, kind, welcoming and willing to get to know people for who their are, not for what we imagine them to be.