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Friday, October 01, 2010

Embarrassing moments - #27

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Embarrassing moments
 
CanadaBecause I'm all about trying to put a smile in your face every Friday, I had a new embarrassing moment that happened the same day I posted my last one, this meaning, a week ago today.

One thing, though: this time you have to be honest, and think about how many times this might have happened to you.

We had two big training workshops during the past two weeks, and me and my team were very involved with them. The first one was organized by my team and I was one of the instructors, becoming one of the attendees the following week. Co-workers from many regions (North America, Europe, Australia) came to participate, and I got for finally meet with people I have known for years, but only through e-mails, calls, WebEx sessions or instant messaging.

On the very last day, and right after we were all dismissed, a group of us went out for a late lunch along with one of our Global Training Managers. We sat there, chatted and ate, and soon we started to tell jokes, or recount horror stories from the field, the usual stuff.

As we were ready to leave, I turned to the manager (the only lady in a table of 12) and I say to her, jokingly:

- Well, we all appreciate you picking up the tab. If I had known you were going to pay, I would have chosen a more expensive item from the menu.

Everybody laughed, including her. Thirty seconds later, the waiter brought the check, and she paid for everyone!!! Apparently, that had been the plan all along, only that I never knew.

I still don't know where to hide...

 
 
ArgentinaComo no pienso en otra cosa que no sea en ponerles una sonrisa en la cara cada viernes, me las ingenié para tener otro momento avergonzante el mismo día en que publiqué el último, esto es, el viernes pasado.

Una cosa, sin embargo: sean honestos, y piensen si algo similar no les ha pasado a ustedes no una, sino tal vez varias veces...

Tuvimos dos cursos de entrenamiento durante las últimas dos semanas, y tanto mi grupo como yo estuvimos directamente involucrados con ellos. El primer curso fue organizado por mi equipo y yo fui uno de los instructores, para luego convertirme en uno de los alumnos durante la segunda semana. Colegas de distintas regiones (Norte América, Europa, Australia) vinieron y participaron, y pude conocer en persona a mucha gente que ya conocía por años, pero sólo a través de e-mails, llamadas, sesiones en WebEx o mensajes de texto.

El último día, y luego de que terminaran los cursos, un grupo salió a tener un almuerzo tardío, junto con uno de nuestros Gerentes Globales de Training. Nos sentamos en el restaurante, hablamos y comimos, y pronto estábamos contando chistes o rememorando historias de horror relacionadas con nuestro trabajo, lo habitual.

Cuando ya nos estábamos por ir, giré hacia la gerente (la única mujer en una mesa de 12) y le dije, bromeando:

- Bueno, muchas gracias por pagar la cuenta. Si hubiera sabido que vos te ibas a hacer cargo de todo, habría elegido algo más caro del menú.

Todos se rieron, incluyéndola a ella. A los treinta segundos, vino el mozo con la cuenta, y ella pagó el almuerzo de todos!!! Aparentemente esa había sido la intención desde el principio, sólo que yo no sabía.

Todavía no sé dónde meterme...

 
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3 comments:

  1. Yo creo que, para arreglarla, la próxima vez vas a tener que pagar vos.

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  2. I guess everyone has their embarrassing moments once in a while. For example, my husband always gets in the wrong car every morning. I keep telling him that we need to re-paint our cars with different colors but he insisted that it's not necessary.

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