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post #2651 of 2762

I saw it as just one of those 'team building' things management does every once in a while. Hate them, done them, but I'm okay with public speaking... I'm with Elvis in that most people don't really care and Judas in that it's not a hostile comedy club, everyone wants to see a good presentation.

post #2652 of 2762
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

 

I have the same issue.  No harm, no foul.

 

If I may suggest: Go the RESERVOIR DOGS route - write down your presentation and say it over and over and over again until you can make it comfortable and relaxed.  Commit to it muscle memory so that, when you have to do it for real, you just flick a mental switch and go.

 

If you mean deliver a dissertation on the work of Madonna.  That's in my wheel house.  No problems there.

post #2653 of 2762

I side with Judas. This sounds like a stealth version of making people justify their paychecks and re-apply for the jobs they currently hold.

 

Draft the preso ASAP and rehearse the hell out of it. If you can muster the courage - I don't mean that meanly - record yourself so you can have a sense of any physical tics or movements.

 

Make it as fun as possible, keeping your company's culture in mind. But rehearse like a mofo.

post #2654 of 2762

Well, I hadn't considered that thought.  Our corporate culture has doubled down on team building/make work FUN exercises, all of which go over like a hydrogen balloon floating into a bug zapper.  I have no hate for my workplace, but I also have a firewall between workself and realself that the place seems determined to chip away at.

post #2655 of 2762
Mondguy, if it is a justify your role here scenario, then here's your speech right here...
post #2656 of 2762

Fortunately, I have a pretty broad range of duties and skills, some of which I can dump on some low level tech verbiage (i.e. bullshit).  My primary beef is that it's just another source of stress and wasted time.  Like that's new.

post #2657 of 2762
My boss likes to have me pull a report, then ask me to pull it again, but organize the data differently. Then, he'll ask me where's the data for something he hadn't asked me to include the previous two times he'd asked me to pull the report (and isn't data that's available to me). And then he'll tell me that the numbers don't add up.

I hate my life.

Anyway, that's my job.
post #2658 of 2762
My boss occasionally asks me to do stuff outside of my job roll.

I glare at her until she goes way and asks someone else.
post #2659 of 2762
I used to be a little more standoffish about doing what I considered dumb or outside of my role. But I grew tired of getting shitcanned for not being a team player.

Now I just suffer. Like Jesus.
post #2660 of 2762
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Originally Posted by mondguy View Post
 

Well, I hadn't considered that thought.  Our corporate culture has doubled down on team building/make work FUN exercises, all of which go over like a hydrogen balloon floating into a bug zapper.  I have no hate for my workplace, but I also have a firewall between workself and realself that the place seems determined to chip away at.

 

Ah. Well. This could just as easily be a bullshit exercise as part of the team building/REMEMBER FUN initiative. 

 

Regardless, I still recommend you rehearse the fuck outta this thing. 

post #2661 of 2762

It's a good experience to have, and it's better to be able to have done it in a low pressure situation a few times than to be in a situation where the first time you do it is really important to you.

post #2662 of 2762
We have a large auditorium in our building which we sometimes loan out to other companies. One of our clients - a large banking firm - is currently using it to teach some of their employees about an upcoming pilot scheme involving financial exams for accountants. 
 
This morning a man walked into our reception and informed the receptionist that he was here "for the pilot course", was given a pack of material and directed to the auditorium. He spent just over two hours listening to someone talk about auditing, taxes and exam preparation, at which point the candidates were given a fifteen minute break. He returned to the reception and explained that he thought there had been some sort of mistake. Turns out that British Airways is holding a course a few buildings down the road aimed at prospective pilots.
 
I hope he enjoyed his free coffee and complimentary biscuits. 
post #2663 of 2762
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He returned to the reception and explained that he thought there had been some sort of mistake. Turns out that British Airways is holding a course a few buildings down the road aimed at prospective pilots.

 

Heh. My wife used to work for a company that was a government contractor. "Vehicle" is an industry term referencing the offer/sales/delivery process. My wife's employer got wind of a seminar about "government vehicles" in the state capital and sent her and two other folks to the seminar, with the hopes of gaining insight into how to better secure more sales to the state government.

 

Turns out the seminar was literally about state-owned vehicles: cars, buses, etc. 

post #2664 of 2762
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 
We have a large auditorium in our building which we sometimes loan out to other companies. One of our clients - a large banking firm - is currently using it to teach some of their employees about an upcoming pilot scheme involving financial exams for accountants. 
 
This morning a man walked into our reception and informed the receptionist that he was here "for the pilot course", was given a pack of material and directed to the auditorium. He spent just over two hours listening to someone talk about auditing, taxes and exam preparation, at which point the candidates were given a fifteen minute break. He returned to the reception and explained that he thought there had been some sort of mistake. Turns out that British Airways is holding a course a few buildings down the road aimed at prospective pilots.
 
I hope he enjoyed his free coffee and complimentary biscuits. 

 

Tea. Keyboard. Spewed.

 

That's going to be one I laugh about randomly this evening.

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Heh. My wife used to work for a company that was a government contractor. "Vehicle" is an industry term referencing the offer/sales/delivery process. My wife's employer got wind of a seminar about "government vehicles" in the state capital and sent her and two other folks to the seminar, with the hopes of gaining insight into how to better secure more sales to the state government.

 

Turns out the seminar was literally about state-owned vehicles: cars, buses, etc. 

 

Likewise.

post #2665 of 2762

Please tell me that your wife has accidentally fallen into a career as a bus driver, Michael. 

post #2666 of 2762

No, but she also no longer works for that company!

post #2667 of 2762

Well, after all this time, I have TWO promising interviews on Monday. I think a lot of places were waiting for the New Year to make some of these decisions.

 

Fingers crossed. C'mon, 2017...

post #2668 of 2762

Knock 'em dead, Jacob!

post #2669 of 2762

Good luck with the interviews, Jacob! If any of them ask you to remove items of clothing during the interview, remember your integrity and get the hell out of there!

post #2670 of 2762

Sending ALL the positive vibes your way Jacob! Know you're gonna kill it. 

post #2671 of 2762
What? No! Take that job immediately!
post #2672 of 2762

You're a monster, Spurn! A MONSTAH!

post #2673 of 2762
Been contracting for a company for the past ten or so years. Occasionally it gets a bit quiet so you have to make jobs last so you're always looking busy.

I very very rarely take holidays so I was in the studio between Christmas and new year and back in on the 2nd January. Since before Christmas I've had literally fuck all to do other than wait for work that had to be completed (it was at my end) and signed off before the end of December. Since the sign off didn't happen and still hasn't happened I've spent the past three weeks doing nothing. Nothing. Not a thing. Sitting at my desk and just getting paid.

Today I said fuck it and walked out for the first time in ten years - sent the boss an email saying when the work picks up then give me a shout otherwise I'm off for the rest of the week. Heard nothing back, no acknowledgement, nothing. So fuck it, I'm off for the week.
post #2674 of 2762

Well, Skype interview tomorrow. First time I've done one of those and the first interview of the new year. Odd little startup that's got some capital, main office is just outside London, with sales offices in San Fran and a few places in Europe. Something is either very wrong with this place or they're desperate as they need staff urgently but this job has been advertised since the end of October.

 

Hoping for desperate. :) Any port in a storm and whilst I may be Grimsby, I'm still a port.

post #2675 of 2762
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 Any port in a storm and whilst I may be Grimsby, I'm still a port.

 

 

Dude, I was born in Grimsby...whats your fucking problem? Is it because it's kind of a shit hole...well alright then...

post #2676 of 2762

It's there in the name! Grim.

 

Interview done, went well. All my research on how to dress the room, look at the camera, position the lighting... well, he wasn't following that. Bright light behind him, at times it was liking talking to the shadowy Council Guy from XCom, just without the cool voice.

 

But yeah, hopefully I've scored a second interview with these guys.

post #2677 of 2762

Fingers crossed for you Flint!

 

I've only been at my new place for 3 days now but I'm really enjoying it. Challenging and stimulating work that's teaching me a lot but isn't swamping me...yet. Good people I'm working with. Really get along with my supervisor. The pay is good, the hours are good. Unless shit goes south in some unforeseen spectacular fashion I can see myself staying here for a good long while. I've gotten really lucky. 

 

Everything is coming up Milhouse! 

post #2678 of 2762

Good luck, Jacob and Flint!

post #2679 of 2762
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Originally Posted by Jacob Singer View Post
 

Well, after all this time, I have TWO promising interviews on Monday. I think a lot of places were waiting for the New Year to make some of these decisions.

 

Fingers crossed. C'mon, 2017...

 

post #2680 of 2762

2nd interview for the job I want is tomorrow, and I think they like me. After seeing the second job's operation, that would be an only-as-a-last-resort move.

 

Thanks for the well wishes, all.

post #2681 of 2762

Knock 'em dead again! Suggestion: have some great questions ready for them. My experience is that asking sharp questions - queries that show you're experienced and have been paying attention to that company's specific situation - are HUGE in putting you at the front of the line.

post #2682 of 2762

May the Force of Others be with you, Jacob. 

post #2683 of 2762

Kick ass, Jacob!

post #2684 of 2762

Got the job (the one from the Skype interview the other day)! Very challenging work ahead, and a small little startup so not the environment I'm used to, but hopefully a bit more interesting and dynamic. And it'll be nice to be making the product that makes the money as opposed to supporting the clueless incompetents who don't understand what computers are for anyway.

 

Ten working days of unemployment. Quitting my job in a huff thankfully seems to have gone into the box marked 'not dumb life decisions' for the moment. :D

post #2685 of 2762
In Like Flint. Congratulations, matey.
post #2686 of 2762

Congratulations, flint!

post #2687 of 2762

Awesome news, Flint! 

post #2688 of 2762

Thanks guys. Bit intimidated, as it's very much a "push myself" job, and frankly I've not been doing that for wayyy too long, but at least I'm in control. It's what I said I'd do when I resigned and it's happened. Very happy right now.

 

It's in the middle of nowhere, but close enough to home that the commute is no worse than shlepping into Central London every day. Problem with startups (and it's a bit more than that, but still) is the money can all vanish in the blink of an eye... but if I get some good experience from it, I'm happy.


Edited by flint - 1/17/17 at 1:24pm
post #2689 of 2762

<clears throat>

 

 

Ahem.

 

 

I'M EMPLOYED, BEOTCHES!

That is all.

post #2690 of 2762

That's awesome news, Jacob. Congrats!

post #2691 of 2762
Hugs for everyone!
post #2692 of 2762

Congratulations, Jacob! I hope the work is fulfilling (and pays well)! Couldn't have happened to be a better guy!

 

(Any longer and I would have felt compelled to offer you a job with my company all the way in Colorado)

post #2693 of 2762

Nice one Jacob!

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post #2696 of 2762

Not nearly as cool as Jacob's news, but I just interviewed for a BA position at my company and got it.  I should transition from my current QA Lead role into this BA role by the end of the month.

post #2697 of 2762

Congrats! I am going to believe that BA stands for "badass" to really sweeten the news.

post #2698 of 2762

If only...

 

BA in this context means Business Analyst.  From a software point of view, it essentially means that I work with the client to create the user stories and requirements.  Coming from a QA background, I'm in a great position to excel as I know about how to analyze and create requirements already, so it's a natural transition.

 

And the pay bump doesn't hurt either.

post #2699 of 2762

Dammit, Judas. I knew that! You are ruining the awesome.

 

Also -- I call Judas for the Christmas gift exchange this year!

post #2700 of 2762

One of the account execs (sales people) quit this morning. No notice, no conversation with the boss. Just sent a letter to HR and walked.

 

This was after our weekly sales meeting yesterday, which are always a bit tense. We've increased our rates by 3% (first time we've ever had a rate increase in 15 years of operation) to cover cost of production from inflation. The reps have all but refused to work with their clients to raise their rates. They've flat out refused to sell our new secondary publication (which ended up being a disaster, and we sold a third of the magazine at remnant on deadline).

 

Those people have kush fucking jobs and they all make way more than me, doing about a tenth of the work. And one of them disliked being asked to do work, and dislikes our boss so much that she walked away from it.

 

I kinda really want to read that letter to HR.

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