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Being loved

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 08 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4845
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

    After observing my chairing skills at a conference on international health recently, a colleague from New Zealand told me that I came across as “being loved.” This surprising assessment stopped me in my tracks: I was hoping she would notice that I had deftly fielded the difficult questions, kept the meeting to time, and interjected amusing comments to lessen the pain of endless PowerPoint presentations. Pink faced, I asked her to explain.

    “You seem to be confident in who you are and so were engaged in the debate and not yourself. …

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