If you ask to connect with me on LinkedIn and you don’t have a profile picture I don’t care who you are I won’t connect with you. Unfortunately, with bots and trolls, you do need to prove who you are in today's world.
I was standing next to one of the pieces of art at the event I volunteered for back in January — Into Action, a Celebration of Community Power and Cultural Resistance. A woman tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I would take her picture next to the piece. I, of course, said yes. She asked me, “do you know what this piece is,” I said, “I know the artist, but if you know more about it, please tell me as I’m learning the pieces to give tours.” The art did not have a source of where the quote inside the piece originated.
In observing many people present ideas, pitches, and presentations over the years, I continue to hear the following phrases in meetings:
“Well, you know, um, I think that…”
“Well, maybe, we could…”
“I’m not sure about this, however….”
“This may not be the best idea, but….”
These are all examples of “Doubt language.”
Oh Seattle, you have become synonymous with work for me. And not as much play.
I realize this after many trips in the past few years where I am running and driving from meeting to meeting and client to client and cursing you in a way. As I’m usually fumbling in a rental car, trying not to text, starting a conference call, and figuring out where the hell I’m going as I’m most of the time on the Eastside and also driving in the rain after 12 years of living in California.