Monday Motivation: July 15, 2019


Hi, there!

So, some things have happened on the internet recently. They’re both fun, and have generated a LOT of conversation and community interest. Here’s what’s what:

Last week, I overheard a very strange interaction in a workspace that is adjacent to where a client’s workspace is. I’m being purposely vague because I don’t want to reveal the client or the workspace for privacy reasons. That’s not the point. Let me get back to the point (this decaf isn’t serving me well today, is it).

I overheard a strange interaction involving a supervisor giving editing feedback to a young professional woman. The young woman (in her late 20s by my estimation), did not take it well. Jaw-droppingness ensued. I sat with it in my brain all week, but couldn’t make sense of it. I talked with some friends and work colleagues about it. They shared their own similar horror stories. I decided to share the story on Twitter to express how certain behaviors affect how a person is perceived, and how that perception is then unfairly assigned to others in that person’s age group. You can follow the Tweet thread here.

I thought I’d have a few responses from friends here in DC and that would be that. BUT NO. It ended up as the #3 trending story on Twitter by Saturday morning and I’ve been getting calls and emails from podcasters, reporters, and radio stations around the world (shout out to Australia, which has had 5 different stations email me) who want me to talk about this and offer advice.

As much as I love a good press clip, I’ve politely declined and I’m not doing any of them. Why? Most of the folks reaching out to me want to turn this into a story about how 20somethings are awful. And I just don’t believe that. Most of the 20somethings I work with and/or teach at Georgetown are AWESOME and smart and have their ish together. Secondly, some these interview requests wanted me to discuss and dig into how the young person was raised. I’m not a parent and the last thing any parent wants to hear or read is some child-free woman “telling them what they’re doing wrong”. Which, obviously, is not how I feel about it, but it’s how parents often perceive someone without kids having an opinion about anything family-related.

Lastly, I just don’t have an interest in giving this story more oxygen. Sure, I could do a huge press tour on it this week and get some national coverage, but to what end? It doesn’t further my business, my mission, or the people I want to work with, and the things I wanna do. Sometimes, being a good strategic communicator is knowing when to say no, turn down opportunities, and let a story come to its natural conclusion.

This morning, a story I was VERY excited to be a part of ran in The Washington Post. The Post is doing a series this summer about the things many people think are AWESOME about summer but that a large portion of other people hate. Last week’s story was about picking and eating Maryland blue crabs (gross, hate it). This week’s story is about outdoor concerts (also, haaaaaaaate). You can read the story here: Stop pretending you’re having fun at this outdoor concert. I’m quoted throughout speaking THE TRUTH about outdoor music venues and the grossness that entails.

That’s how my week is kicking off. It’s a full-schedule Monday for me and a week that will see me checking off so many things on my to-do list it makes my head spin. I’m excited about some of the new projects I’m working on with clients, and I’ve started to revamp some of my curriculum for the fall semester Personal Branding class I’m teaching at Georgetown.

Wishing you an awesome week ahead. Let’s go do this.

Here’s a little look at some things I’m reading, listening to, or otherwise consuming this week:

What I’m listening to: A mishmash of podcast episodes from Recode Decode, Recode Media, Planet Money, and others. I’ve got a backlog of things that I didn’t want to delete, but that I haven’t gotten to yet. That’s this week’s priority … clearing out the podcast backlog so I can start next week’s downloads fresh.

What I’m reading: All I Did Was Ask, by Terry Gross. Did you know the host of NPR’s “Fresh Air” wrote a book? I did not. I can’t remember who told me, but I’m so glad they did. It’s really well written and I’m enjoying it.

What I’m watching: Stranger Things, season 3. I binged the whole thing the week of July 4 when my nephew was here, but now I’m going back and watching certain scenes in certain episodes because the story was good, the dialogue strong, and the ensemble work really fun.

What’s canceled: I mean, everything at this point, right?

What I’m learning: That people have, don’t use, and don’t like whiskey stones.

What’s making me think: Right now, the Large Hadron Collider is shut down for maintenance. Scientists and engineers are making changes and upgrades it to be able to do even more complex research. When it reopens in two years, can you even imagine what we’re going to learn about particle physics and the world around us? I’ve long been fascinated by atomic science, and my little pea brain cannot even comprehend the kinds of things we’re going to be able to know in the coming years. #sciencenerdalert

That’s all for this week. Now, go do the things that will make this week an awesome one. Do something that helps set you apart from others and makes you memorable. Be remarkable. Be YOU.