Today is Monday, November 14th. In the very early hours of this morning, New Zealand had a very strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8. This is quite large and it has from all accounts caused a lot of damage along with a few people passing away.
This morning I was watching the news and the New Zealand prime minister appeared a couple of times obviously talking about the nation's response to this natural disaster and hopefully to calm down people who would understandably be quite stressed.
I was thinking as I watched the news this morning about what happens behind the scenes in these press conferences. Politicians are notorious for not answering the question. They come with their agenda and they are going to present it come hell or high water.
Most politicians seem to be very articulate and have an engaging personality. Former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton immediately comes to mind.
However, what of the people behind the scenes? The aides, the bureaucrats, the secretaries, the advisers. They seem to be the ones pulling the strings. Are they as articulate, engaging and charming as the people out front of the cameras?
My answer to that without an inside knowledge of what goes on is that it is probably a yes and no.
Some people are happy to work in the background. They like to shun the spotlight and they feel more comfortable there. Others love that spotlight. They love being there, in and amongst the action.
Is this an introvert/extrovert thing? I don't believe so. There are some people who are introverts, who are really good speakers. They are outgoing, they are articulate, they are excellent public speakers. I know that I am a better public speaker than most and I find that I get charged by speaking in front of people and they give me a positive response.
I originally thought that most politicians are extroverts and to a certain extent they probably are but there are going to be a small minority who may appear extroverted and charismatic but they recharge quietly. You can never know for certain.
Stay strong New Zealand and don't let this latest disaster beat you.