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veen  ·  210 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 24, 2018

Question, how do you guys deal with screwing up an important presentation for clients in front of your superior?

asking for a friend

nowaypablo  ·  210 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Here is how the presentation went (without excuses), and here are my key takeaways.

Here's how I intend to do on the next one now that I have experience from the presentation.

Here's how I plan to achieve my intention.

Fast-forward to each step in the plan. Here's how I executed my plan.

Fast-forward to the next presentation. Here's how I kicked ass in the next presentation.

Command the conversation away from what just happened by discussing it in terms of implications for the future. Set yourself up for success by taking control of the future outcome.

lil  ·  209 days ago  ·  link  ·  

is that a lesson from military school or self?

nowaypablo  ·  208 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There isn't really a difference unless I'm on holiday leave!

veen  ·  210 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks pablo, that's just the kind of solution I needed - one that turns failure into something productive. :)

kleinbl00  ·  210 days ago  ·  link  ·  

"I don't like the way that went down because X. Next time I'm going to focus on Y because Z." Everyone fucks up. The trick is to visibly and demonstrably learn from your fuckups.

    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.

Niels Bohr

Hey, you're a consultant now, aren't you? Technically speaking? You need my consultant joke, which I told every time I met with a contractor or owner because I was young and they were resentful.

Kaisinel  ·  210 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I believe that you don't have to learn from your own mistakes and it's perfectly fine to learn from someone else's. What matters though, is understanding that something went wrong. Accepting being wrong. Understanding what is wrong. That is w g at matters.

veen  ·  210 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Everyone fucks up.

It's funny that rationally, I know it's obviously true, but since it doesn't jive with my perfectionism it doesn't feel true for me. (Which is also naive, I know.) Cognitive dissonance's a bitch.

Loll'ed at the consultant joke. Still relevant.

lil  ·  209 days ago  ·  link  ·  

goobster  ·  210 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Prove you learned from the experience.

I'm happy to employ someone who is self-aware and growing and knows their limitations and weaknesses.

I'll fire anyone who doesn't.