My coworker (let’s call her Lisa) is really good at talking, and I don’t mean that insultingly. It’s what makes her good at her job. She’s a networker. She can hold thousands of tiny details in the front of her mind, and uses a hundred words to get a simple idea across. It wears down the other guy, and makes whatever she’s talking about sound more convincing.
I went to a meeting yesterday with Lisa and our boss (let’s call her Ruth) regarding food for a big event we have coming up. Lisa said this meeting would consist of Ruth and our contact (the Manager and Chef) discussing pricing, etc., and Lisa would spend the meeting listening and taking notes. I thought, There’s no way you’re not going to say anything. No. Way.
Lisa said she would
sit and listen. I think we
both knew that was false.
Lisa will not stop talking unless she hears what she wants to hear. She can be pretty pushy, but again, we depend on that side of her to get her job done better than anyone else in the office could. Having said that, there are some words that are such an affront to the English language (on which, as you know, I have a pretty serious crush) that infuriate me to the point of spontaneous haiku.
“Guestimate” might be
worse than the manager-chef
When we sat down for the meeting, Chef was AWOL. Manager was very professional, and clearly quite experienced with the price points and practicalities of each dish for the location of the meal, the number of people we wanted to feed, etc. He’s the right man for the job. Very professional and reserved. Then Chef joined us. Chef is a hulking, overweight, laid-back possibly German man with a thick accent and some good ideas, all of which were shot down by Manager. Manager had trouble hiding his displeasure for Chef. At the end of the meeting, Chef wanted to go back to the kitchen while Manager finished up with us. Manager disapproved. He asked Chef to wait. Chef did not wait, lol.
He’s so straight-forward.
I really like this chef. I
bet he spreche Deutsch.
Chef came to the table eating a brownie, then got up and brought us a plate of them. Score!