Words of Wisdom: Refer to Your Notes

This week I learned a valuable piece of advise: refer to your notes. The example I was given I can’t share, but I will give an alternate example.

A senior executive at a company was being briefed on a new product line. A division manager was briefing the slides when the executive interrupted.

“Bob, I just want to commend you on your briefing slides. They are rather excellent. In fact, they are the best slides I have ever seen.”

The division manager blushed and said, “Thank you.”

The executive continued, “Although I know that you just delegated and had someone else do the slides for you. However, they are excellent.”

As the executive complimented the division manager, a young lady in the back of the conference room spoke up and said, “I helped with the briefing.”

Startled, the executive looked over at the young lady with a very serious face, “Oh really?”

“Yeah!” the young lady replied enthusiastically.

The executive kept staring at the young lady and soon the room grew uncomfortably silent. Finally, the executive spoke up, “I see you have a notepad in front of you.”

The young lady looked down at her notepad and looked back at the executive rather confused.

“Do me a favor,” the executive said, “Take these notes…”

The young lady got her pen ready to write down something.

“Write the words ‘Shut Up’ in your little notepad. If you ever question yourself in the future whether to speak up or not…” the executive paused, “refer to your notes.”

The Moral of the Story?

So what’s the moral of the story? The moral of the story is sometimes it’s better for someone else to take credit for the hard work you have done rather than cast a spotlight (especially a harsh spotlight) on yourself.

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Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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