How does Bob Marley like his doughnuts?

With jam in!

Not really related to this post, but it’s about the only joke I know without slaughtering it. Just about!

Well, these thoughts were inspired by the word ‘jam’ as that is where I found myself yesterday (Thursday) when I found myself trying to make conversation on a conference call with some big VIPs in the US. As a tekkie I am notoriously bad at social behaviour, especially the talking variety.

My boss hadn’t yet joined the conference and the big boss guy from this big huge corporation was asking me about what sort of data we needed from them. (Have I mentioned that I’m a data analyst?) Now, I know the answer to that question and so I pretty much got to the point, but found that when I wanted to explain what we have that they could use I had suddenly forgotten everything I knew about anything and was in a metaphorical ‘jam’.

This is one reason why I IMMENSELY dislike phone conversations. In person you can see that the big boss isn’t that scary and you can make eye contact, but hearing the bodiless voice over the phone somehow incites a primordial fear of the unknown. It didn’t help that I’d been constantly told how important these people are (there were about four other people in the conference call). *sigh*

Well, anyway, I froze up and ended up bumbling on and apologising as I was nervous, which, reflecting upon it afterwards, was a silly thing to do as I basically told them that I was inexperienced and unsure of myself or whatever. Arg! I spent a year a couple of years ago talking to people on the phone for a job – you’d think I’d have overcome such a fear!

And so a moral of the story has come to light.

Life can be frustrating and things you think you have conquered come back every now and then when you least expect it. Of course, there is no point spending your life looking over your shoulder and forever afraid of your shadow; if incidents happen again you just have to learn to deal with them and move on. An important lesson I learnt when I was younger is how important it is to be able laugh at yourself. People are less likely to peck at points they think maybe be a ‘weakness’ if you laugh and it and don’t seem to care.

All about the façade, huh.