Monday, August 06, 2007

Back to the Beach

I'm going to have to continue being a bit cryptic about my big work project but here's what I CAN say...we are trying to sign a pretty major A-list celebrity to represent our brand next year. So the last week I was furiously putting together a presentation while also juggling a weekend 10K event in San Diego and a trade show in Las Vegas. Wednesday our team flew to New York City where I spent about 24 hours alternating between being really exciting about meeting with her and feeling totally sick about it. We went to breakfast on Thursday and went through our presentation for the millionth time and when it got to my turn, I blanked. I had been rehearsing on the plane, in the shower, while I was falling asleep, in my head while I was pretending to listen to everyone else and there I sat with a completely empty brain. I had visions of being in the meeting, in front of the celeb, her agents, our agents, my boss, the CEO and the CMO and not having a single thing to say.

So we get to the agency and the rush to set up actually sort of calmed me down. And then she arrived, and she was nice and friendly and set everyone at ease. Which then allowed us to COMPLETELY ROCK THE MEETING. I don't want to sound too cocky but we were pretty awesome. And when she and I ran into each other in the bathroom afterwards she said it was one of the best presentations she'd ever heard.

I almost don't care what happens from here. This was one of those experiences where not only did I want to do my best, but I wanted my best to be really, really good. I wanted to prove to myself and all the company big wigs that I belong here. That I'm a valuable employee. If my career is going to be the main thing in my life then I need it to be something I feel really confident about. I haven't been so sure lately so this was a nice reminder that maybe I AM doing at least one thing right.

11 comments:

Mike said...

Congratulations on your pitch...sounds great..."your part is over"....or perhaps just beginning.

MissEm said...

Awesome job! I love rocking the business world!

chloe elizabeth said...

Okay...first of all, you do rock! Second, I don't know if I've ever told you this, but when I think of my career and this whole MBA adventure, you're my example. Weird? Yes. But I hope since I know you it's not that weird. Third, I so know that feeling of "if my career is going to be the main thing in my life/confidence" thing. It is really scary to be getting ready to do something where I am not 150% sure of myself. Scary, but exciting. I'm sure you know the feeling.

Congratulations!!!

Mega N! said...

It's funny how events like those are how we measure sucess now. No more SATs even though your stomach wouldn't know the difference.

Kelly said...

Awesome!

I am so curious about who it is.

k8 said...

i hope in a few weeks i can say who it is...because i really hope she says yes!!

and missem...i had NO time to shop from the moment i heard about the meeting until we showed up in NYC so I wore the outfit you suggested for my sales presentation...i felt so adorable that i wasn't even remotely intimidated by HER clothes : )

chloe...i love it that you would think of me as an example...not sure i'm totally qualified to be one but thank you...and you are going to rock the MBA and beyond....you know this! (i found the most unflattering photo of you and me and Sonia Bastos in front of the Geneva Chapel the day of her baptism this weekend. We are both too frumpy to post it but it made me misty eyed.)

β♂ said...

I hope it is Paris Hilton.

k8 said...

you weren't supposed to tell.

ThomCarter.com said...

There is nothing like running around the greatest city in the world . . . and then concurring it.

Congrats.

chloe elizabeth said...

Fun memories...glad the pics weren't there. Although, I do think it would be fun to get together sometime, take a pic, and then post a "before and after".

Would you email it to me? I don't have that picture.

chloe elizabeth said...

And I'm also glad to know I'm not the only one who stresses over clothing.