Story #1 – My company assigned me to a client that I really had no interest in helping out for various reasons. Normally you can’t turn down client requests because “you don’t want to.” I had a 5 minute open and honest conversation with a director and I was dropped from the project and re-assigned to another client with no questions asked.

He was a true professional because he wanted to make sure that I was happy and respected my reasons for saying no. He went out of his way to help me when he really had no obligation to do so.

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I was in a packed conference room with about 25 people. All the top leaders and consultants were in this room to report their status to the CMO of this company.

It was my third week on the job at the time and I thought I had everything under control. All I needed to do was relay the status of the project. Since I was the project manager, I had a good understanding of the details of the project.

There were multiple projects, and we were first up. I really wanted to get a feel for this meeting first considering I had never exchanged words with the CMO and I wasn’t even sure what he looked like, but those were the cards dealt to me and I had to present first. It was a big meeting, but I felt comfortable with my preparation and I’m a great public speaker, so I knew this would go out without a hitch.

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It took years to develop, but I was finally able to figure out how to handle difficult situations and how to work with difficult people.

I’ve worked with:

  • The decisive, smart and friendly executive type
  • The 9-to-5 do everything I’m asked with a smile and actually enjoy my work type
  • The let me know if I can help you with anything type
  • The we all know I’m the smartest one in the room type
  • The you cross me, and I promise you it will be the worst mistake of your entire career type
  • The please give me another day to make this decision type
  • The let’s be real, I don’t really give a damn, just tell me what you need me to do and I’ll do it type
  • The please don’t ask me to do anything for you because it’s not in my job description type
  • The OMG she’s walking near my cube, I better act like I’m doing something before I get fired type
  • The you used this word incorrectly in a PowerPoint, therefore I will call an all hands meeting to get this settled type
  • The I trust you Robbie to make any decision you see fit type
  • The if I don’t get a summary email at 8 p.m. every day I’m going to assume you didn’t do anything all day type
  • The I’m going to cry instead of making an important decision so please back off type
  • The I don’t really care what you think about me or my decisions, just do what I tell you type
  • The who the hell left an unclean spoon in the sink, your mother isn’t here to look after you so I’m going to leave a passive aggressive sign above the sink and another on the refrigerator in addition to an email blast to the entire office type
  • The give me your date of birth so we can celebrate your half birthday type
  • The I’m going to pretend like I didn’t hear you the first time so I can make this conversation as awkward as possible type
  • The I’m going to agree to everything said in the meeting then complain privately once the meeting is over type
  • The I literally, figuratively and hypothetically do not care what anybody thinks about me, so just keep paying me every 2 weeks and we’ll all be happy type
  • The if I hear one single piece of constructive criticism about my work I’m never going to open up my mouth again type
  • And finally my favorite: The holy crap lady I can hear your nails click clacking on your keyboard from across the office type

 

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Meeting is the name. Coffee is the game.

Mark Suster inspired me to take 50 coffee meetings. I took his advice, and then I took it again, and again and again and again. To the tune of 250 coffee meetings in 400 days. The result was phenomenal.

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My main motivation to do this was because 1)I like people and 2)I knew no one in Chicago after I quit my job. I wanted to get connected in a deep way.

Here is a summary of what has happened:

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I love it when people say “I don’t care what people think of me”.  I have two people that they should meet: BULL & SHIT.

Here is what they are really saying: “I don’t want you to think that I act differently because of what other people will think of me“.

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Ironic? I think so.

Interviewer: So hey Robbie, do you care what people think about you?

Robbie: No way! I created this blog for myself. I don’t care if anyone reads it. I write this blog for myself and not other people. I don’t care what other people think of me. This blog is all about me!

Interviewer: Oh really. So why don’t you just keep the blog private then?

Robbie: Ok, this interview is officially over. Where’s my agent who organized this interview? I’m here to talk about how I’m just Robbie from the block, and you’re trying to instigate. I’ll make sure this is your last interview ever buddy. You’ll see the wrath of my power!!

Interviewer: Dude, really? You’re taking this overboard.

Robbie: I knew I shouldn’t have agreed to this interview. I told my agent that I would only do this if there were a bowl full of Red M&Ms in my dressing room, and instead they gave me Red Skittles. Ugh, amateurs!

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