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09 September 2003 @ 10:24 pm
UGH...Okay, so I guess now I have...  
..."Sales Manager Anxiety"... :P My meeting with my sales manager today was just awful. It wasn't a meeting at all, what he did when he got there was tell me to present a product to him as if he was a client. It was a sort of "pop quiz" that I didn't appreciate. He wanted to make sure I was giving all the right disclosures, and asking all the right profiling questions, etc. And it's bad enough that he intimidates me to begin with, but to act like he was Joe Schmo customer (and not my manager with 12 plus years of experience as the number one rep in our company) was just too much. I lost track of my presentation several times and it was just awful... :P

When I was done he said that at least now he has an idea of where I was - sales wise (and he didn't say it, but I bet that he was thinking that's why my numbers were so low...) So I told him that I thought it was an unfair representation of my sales ability and that no matter how much he told me to pretend he was an average client, I'm human - I'm going to get intimidated because he's my boss. :( Besides, I haven't been on the sales side for a few years and getting back to it wasn't the easiest thing for me...

At the very end he told me, "Well, I hope I haven't ruined your day." To which I laughed and said (in the most joking way I could), "Umm...it might be a little late for that..." Luckily he has a sense of humor and laughed about it. But it's just days like this that make me wonder WHY I work at the bank... :P

End of my work rant - Tuned in to the "Joe Schmo Show" tonight. I had to stop watching it because I started to feel really sorry for Matt - who doesn't know that the reality show he thinks he's on is really fake. It was an interesting premise, but as the show progressed, it started to get a little mean. What I think would be a funny twist is if he caught on to the whole thing during the course of the show and was really playing them all at the end...

My Mom was shocked to find out that our trip was this weekend... Ooops! I guess I forgot to mention exactly when it was. :P She knew we were going, she just wasn't exactly sure when it was. I'm glad she asked about it because I envisioned her calling my cell and asking where I was and when I said, "Laguna" she'd probably keel over. :P

BTW, I wanted to thank you all, your kind replies to my Sydney post earlier made me smile when I got home and really brightened my day after the awful "meeting" thing this afternoon. :P Thanks and *big hugs* to you all! :)
Current Mood: blahblah
Care: hugscareleswhisper on September 10th, 2003 06:21 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your bad day at work. *hugs*
Sherishutterbug93 on September 10th, 2003 08:29 am (UTC)
Thanks Carrie. :) I guess I should be thankful that I have a good job, but sometimes - like yesterday I really wonder why I'm working where I am - since this is totally not my field to begin with. :P *hugs*
I'm just a girl in the world...i_am_angieface on September 10th, 2003 06:35 am (UTC)
That would have WAY bothered me - the way he did that. I hate being put on the spot like that. I would have totally froze and not even been able to do it probably - and would have gotten all red and had hives and stuff! ICK! Sorry you had to go through that! :( He should understand you are newly back to the sales side of things... and back off! If not, I might have to fly there and tell him! ;-)
Sherishutterbug93 on September 10th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, Angie! :) You're a sweetheart! And I think you're right, I was upset at the way he went about it. :P I know he probably had good intentions, but now he thinks I can't do my job (which I can do, I just got intimidated by him) AND he's making me question whether I have what it takes to be in the field at all! :P Thanks for your post, you always make me feel a lot better! :) *HUGS*
irisheyes77 on September 10th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC)
He really shouldn't have put you on the spot like that. There's no way that anyone wouldn't have been extremely nervous at that point!
Sherishutterbug93 on September 10th, 2003 08:48 am (UTC)
It was just awful! :( I know he was doing it because he wanted to help me, but all I think it really did was make me doubt my abilities. :( The sad thing is that it's my sales manager (who comes in for 15 minutes to pop quiz me and doesn't see me the whole year) who's the one who does my annual reviews (and not my immediate boss - who sees what kind of work I do on a day to day basis...) :P UGH...
orion74 on September 10th, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC)
I always hate being put on the spot in any situation, but when it's being done by a boss you're intimidated by, that has to be unbearable. Don't be too hard on yourself though. Maybe you did better than you're giving yourself credit for.

Amanda and I were watching the Joe Schmo Show yesterday too. We both feel the same as you about it...intrigued by the premise, yet we feel so sorry for Matt! The sad thing is, Matt reminds me of myself in some ways. I'm kind of gullible and I'm the type who tries to be a peace-maker.
Sherishutterbug93 on September 10th, 2003 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your kind words, Tom. :) Self-doubt is a really big thing with me sometimes and my boss' little visit the other day certainly didn't help, I think. :P

Poor Matt! :( Part of me hopes that it will end where he's known for a while that it was all just an act... The previews for next week's episode look really intense - I'm not sure I'll be able to watch it - it's gotten to the point where I know a little too much about Matt and I don't want to see him get hurt in all of this. :(
Kananigirlkananigirl on September 10th, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC)
Aw, I hope you feel better. Don't worry about this type of thing. You can do it!
Sherishutterbug93 on September 10th, 2003 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for making me smile, Rayna! :) You're too sweet. :)