A few days ago I was asked to sit on a panel in Dallas as part of the ‘wrap-up’ for the training that has brought me to Texas. I was flattered to be one of five participants to provide my insights in front of my firm’s sales and marketing team and readily agreed.
However, I was irritated tonight when two of the panelists who are a bit more of the “cheerleader” variety sent an email suggesting we practice a serenade complete with some basic choreography (think Glee) for the leadership team and audience. Now to be fair, through out the day videos were included with actors performing numbers similar to what you would see in Glee so I understand how they arrived at this idea.
I am greatly irritated that this (overly enthusiastic) suggestion was broadcast so unexpectedly with little room for a graceful exit, and more than a bit distressed to read the email from the head of Sales (the gentleman leading the panel) saying “Fantastic“. After reading his email I sent a carefully worded email requesting that maybe I should not join the panel. Let’s see what happens.
FML (you can Google that acronym if you’re not familiar).