Is “Busy” Good?

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2018 05:29 Written by Pam Chambers Monday, 26 March 2018 05:29

When I bump into people I haven’t seen in awhile, they most often ask, “Are you busy?” This presumes that “busy” is good. A better question might be, “Are you productive?” But no one asks that. And anyway, who would want to say, “No, I’m not productive”?

I’ve come up with a response I’m comfortable with: “I’m as busy as I want to be. And you?”

Busy. What does that mean? Most people I know are too “busy.” They overload their schedules. They pack too much in. They rush about, hair and briefcases flying.

That’s not how I want to live. And I don’t. That is one of the many joys of being self-employed. But sometimes my boss doesn’t give me a reliable paycheck on time! She must have been too busy.

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Lecture or Engage?

Last Updated on Thursday, 1 March 2018 09:09 Written by Pam Chambers Thursday, 1 March 2018 09:08

A few weeks ago I conducted a two-hour “Train the Trainer” workshop for 30 managers of a retail chain. When the owners and I debriefed afterwards, one of them chided me for “calling on people.” “They don’t like to be singled out.” I said, “Managers shouldn’t expect to be called on?” His answer was vague and evasive.

I, Pam Chambers, can’t imagine giving a presentation during which my voice is the only one heard. The concept seems totally unnatural. Is this not a relationship between you and your audience?

I’ve attended many presentations during which the speaker is the only one who talks. That would be classified as a lecture.

In my case, I needed to know what the managers’ challenges are, how they resolve certain problems, what they believe their next step is, etc. This requires interaction.

To please my client, I suppose I could throw out questions and wait for someone to volunteer a response. But I still believe that people in the role of managers should be able to deal with being called on.

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