She hadn’t got to where she was now without reading the room. It was a form of networking, she always said. She just knew where to be, whose conversation to join in and most importantly, what snatches to pick up on. She had a way off not just hearing stuff but somehow hearing the signals that no-one else could pick up. People don’t like it but they had to admit it was a remarkable skill. Someone once used Midjourney to make an image of her with rotating ears, scanning the space. Virtual meetings had been a problem. Today, she smiled.