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That Guy’s Tips for Corporate Success, #1 August 20, 2008

Posted by That Guy in Tips for Corporate Success.
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Know everyone in the room before you start talking.

That Guy pulled a bit of a faux pas this week. He was a little early to a meeting and found two people already there, one of whom — Daniel — he’s worked with on various sales projects. Daniel was talking to a reasonably-attractive woman — Elaine — about a medical procedure. Well, That Guy knew a little something about that medical procedure, and as he was putting his notebook down, he broke in with a comment of his own. Then he left to use the restroom.

And suddenly realized that he didn’t know Elaine. He recognized her, to be sure, but from where, he didn’t know. So after using the restroom, That Guy returned and, embarrassedly, said, “I’m sorry, but… I don’t think I remember your name.”

It turned out it was Elaine, from the sales department. Which is good, because That Guy had a moment of panic that he might have just denigrated a client and that client’s business.

So, That Guy’s Tip for Corporate Success for today: know everyone in the room — or at least what they do and why they’re there — before you start talking about anything. Including the weather.

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