Communicating Effectively During Shocking Situations [The Comey Hearings]

You may as well have asked me how I was going to respond if Ryu threw a fireball at me.

James Comey testified today.

If you’re interested in the transcript, here it is: James Comey Testimony Transcript

I thought that this interaction was particularly interesting:

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Now, here’s the question, you’re big. You’re strong. I know the oval office, and I know what happens to people when they walk in. There is a certain amount of intimidation. But why didn’t you stop and say, Mr. President, this is wrong. I cannot discuss this with you.

JAMES COMEY: It’s a great question. Maybe if I were stronger, I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in. The only thing I could think to say, because I was playing in my mind — because I could remember every word he said — I was playing in my mind, what should my response be? That’s why I carefully chose the words. Look, I’ve seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes. I remember saying, “I agree he is a good guy,” as a way of saying, I’m not agreeing with what you asked me to do. Again, maybe other people would be stronger in that circumstance, but that’s how I conducted myself myself. I hope I’ll never have another opportunity. Maybe if I did it again, I’d do it better.

What I thought was interesting about that is that it combines the elements of what you said, what you did, what you thought, how you felt, and what you meant into one complex situation. Continue reading “Communicating Effectively During Shocking Situations [The Comey Hearings]”

Bullying

My experience with bullying is that it merely points out to me who needs to get got.

A friend of mine asked a question on social media about bullying yesterday.

The day before, I had had a conversation with a different friend where I was trying to understand a concept I don’t believe in that he wholeheartedly believes in.

Because of the previous conversation, I approached the bullying question with “Do I understand what bullying is?” Continue reading “Bullying”

What Your Name Is Worth

What do you do when what your client thinks is fantastic doesn’t meet your personal standards? o_O

If you work in The Arts, such as being a video editor linkedin.com/in/BillCammack, or a music mixer, your professional reputation is going to depend not only on your efficiency, but also on the content & quality of the final product, and how much your client enjoyed working with you.

It’s different from being, say, an accountant, where you can either count or you can’t, and you either count QUICKLY or you don’t. 😀

Since you’re always working for someone else (video production company, record producer), you don’t have final say over the finished quality because someone else is paying you to make THEIR VISION come to life.

So what do you do when what your client thinks is FANTASTIC doesn’t meet your personal standards? o_O Continue reading “What Your Name Is Worth”

Side Chick Problems (#SideChickProblems)

What kind of dudes actually tell chicks they’re peripheral? o_O

So today on social media, somebody was complaining about being a perpetual side chick and I’m like “Are you sure there are any other job openings? o_O” Continue reading “Side Chick Problems (#SideChickProblems)”

Dealing With Other People’s Mental Issues

There’s either an elephant in the room or there isn’t. You’re going to do something about it or you aren’t.

Everyone has their proverbial crosses to bear.

One of mine is that I wish society would improve while *ALL* of the data indicates it will only get worse.

That’s why I write articles like this, so that hopefully somebody will find a better way to deal with people and improve their lives.

I don’t write it for myself because by the time I write it I already know it. Continue reading “Dealing With Other People’s Mental Issues”