I have a long, three-hour workshop tomorrow morning talking about creative stuff on one of my products.
We're working with 3 external people:
- a guy who designed the brand look and feel
- a guy who's building the website
- a copywriter
Let's call them 1, 2 and 3 just to keep things consistent around here :)
We know 1 very well. We've worked together for over a year and we're such good work friends we kiss and hug hello and good-bye after every meeting. It does help that he and I both have two-year-old children (and he loved my Newtown photo shoot).
We've worked with 2 for about two months now. We are good work friends (he is outstanding at delivering exactly what I want and most times more, and fast - this always impresses me to no end) but not as good as 1. He's Afrikaans and from Bfn (one of the smaller cities in SA), not that that matters but to talk stereotypes, he is quite conservative.
And then 3.
3 is from CT and has only recently been appointed. He's been up for one meeting and we've chatted on the phone about three times. He's South African but very English. Says "Marcia, that's super!" to me when I phone to chat about various elements.
The word super is not something South Africans typically say on a daily basis and seems to me to be very British.
Right, so there are the 3 people.
Tomorrow they will all be in one place with me and my colleague. She is very kissy and huggy, and calls people Sweetie and Honeybun. Yes, I make fun of her but I really should stop.
I said to D tonight, "what do I do about the kissing?" I can't not kiss 1 because we are all used to it (!).
But if 2 and 3 see all this kissing and hugging going on, will they feel left out? LOL
And how will I know when or if it's safe to progress to the next (business) stage of our relationship with 2 and 3?
In an aside, I once went to visit one of our partners and we were talking rubbish as you do when you're breaking the ice.
He then said, "I don't quite know what to make of people who don't want to hug. I think they must have issues".
Well, of course after I heard that, I've been sure to kiss and hug him EVERY time I see him. Wouldn't want him to think I have issues :)
These things don't just happen at work, of course. D was telling me how uncomfortable he is in these work situations as he is introverted AND a boy :)
So how do you know when to kiss, when to hug, when to do both, when to do neither? Have you ever gone in for a kiss and the person doesn't reciprocate?
Here is the (ugly) necklace - pics by D. (Robynne, these were taken yesterday - I'm not STILL wearing your t-shirt)
Okay, so you get the idea - obviously there needs to be a bit more to create that lovely full effect.
Have any of you made that necklace yet?
PS On Wednesday, I'm going to post a picture of ALL my flip flops. Get ready............ because there will be a link-up. I want to see them all - one pair, fifty pairs, I want to see :)