Lessons From My Scrap Book!!
“The Illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn” Alvin Toffler
I have a scrap book where I put in some lessons learnt and heads up from experiences, people and patterns. I thought I should share some. One thing about these lessons is that they turned out being my reservoir knowledge which I pull out when I need a refresher course. With time it has become my go to reminder so just in case it resonates with you feel free to share and lets relearn unlearn and learn
On being A Good Guest
To be a good guest is understanding your host so well and know when to leave even when the night seems very interesting.. Always remember you are a Guest.
On saying No
If you find it hard to say NO Start by practicing with the mirror. Keep doing a rehearsal, with time it gets into your subconsiosness
Let’s assume you get invited for an event your schedule cant permit…If it comes in form of a mail or text this is a classic response ( I know it works because it has been used on me and that was when I finally felt little remorse using it)The idea is to be sincere, feel less guilty and make sure you find time to honor some events else yours would have just you in attendance if you don’t mind.
“Thanks for thinking of me. I’m sure it will be a wonderful event. “Next, tactfully decline: “I’m sorry that I can’t attend.
Last, end on a positive note:
Hopefully, my schedule will be less hectic next time and we can get together then wish you the best at it (learn to be less personal)
On job interviews:
Understand what these terms mean in each organization before you start your Interview so you don’t get over excited when they are used.
“We would get back to you”: and you don’t get a response after seven days.
This is a classic two way street answer. Firstly understand what it means in the organizations lexicon. To Some people it means we don’t need to fill this position immediately we sure would reach out when we are ready. To others it’s a Gentleman’s way of making you feel good hence you never get called back.
The CEO response after interviewing you:
It’s up to the Manager to hire you. I like your spirit and your enthusiasm since you would be working with the Manager it is his call. (Smiling)
Most times this response is the end of the interview doesn’t even think of getting a next interview and I would explain why.
Very few CEO’s leave the decision of employing a “Rock star” to the manager most times it’s his call. Just in case you meet one who leaves the manager to take this shot, Gods luck to you however what this means some times when he|She says it’s up to the manager is this…
I don’t have a say in this recruitment should you finally make this choice you have yourself to be blamed. No sane manager wants to take that risk after being prepped that way. Normally you never should be called back except to thank you for attending the interview. Should the manager decide to embark on this adventure of employing you against all odds he usually makes more enemies. You should be really worth all this hassle.
Sorry we think you’re an entrepreneur: And this is the classic response that leaves you both excited and confused. I hope you finally figure out what this one means but just in case you are still confused, relax! This is a compliment pick up yourself and embrace the positives. For someone to spot this about you, this is free profiling insight .You are an entrepreneur, go solve more problems possibly you might not have fully embraced this part of you yet, it time to give it your attention. This season happens to be the season for Unicorns, so increase your value (life really is a pot puri)