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From the Ted Talk by Jodi-Ann Burey: The myth of bringing your full, authentic self to work

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Open Cloze

Look, I know what that's like. A ______ of years ago, at the end of the ______ __________ _____________ meeting, I was called into an unscheduled check-in with an _________. She sounded enthusiastic about how my contributions helped move the project forward, so it surprised me when she then suggested that in ______ meetings, I should try to be more agreeable to help give others a win. If I did have ________, she advised that I send it over email instead. Honestly, I was taken aback. Like, here I was feeling like my contributions mattered, that my seat at that table had proved pivotal to the success of our work together. Excitedly, I felt a lightness, ideating alongside my colleagues without reserve. The work was riveting. So I opted outside of my usual guardedness. I stopped hiding my opinions. I _______ less about those constricted norms of how I should _______ myself. For the first time, I felt like — Like I could take off that costume so many of us have to wear.

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  1. express
  2. leadership
  3. future
  4. worried
  5. senior
  6. executive
  7. brainstorming
  8. feedback
  9. couple

Original Text

Look, I know what that's like. A couple of years ago, at the end of the senior leadership brainstorming meeting, I was called into an unscheduled check-in with an executive. She sounded enthusiastic about how my contributions helped move the project forward, so it surprised me when she then suggested that in future meetings, I should try to be more agreeable to help give others a win. If I did have feedback, she advised that I send it over email instead. Honestly, I was taken aback. Like, here I was feeling like my contributions mattered, that my seat at that table had proved pivotal to the success of our work together. Excitedly, I felt a lightness, ideating alongside my colleagues without reserve. The work was riveting. So I opted outside of my usual guardedness. I stopped hiding my opinions. I worried less about those constricted norms of how I should express myself. For the first time, I felt like — Like I could take off that costume so many of us have to wear.

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