I was just selected to be a participant in a nation-wide video conference between all of our sites on Monday. I’ll be there with all of my boss’s, boss’s, boss’s, boss’s, and then the really important people.
This company had over $33 Billion dollars in revenue two years ago (probably more now). They gave me instructions on how to activate the speaker phone devices in case I wanted to say something.
What? I’m a fairly smart guy, but telling career business men how to run their multi-billion dollar a year company makes me a bit shy. If I’m not talking with the guy that runs our site, I’m fine. Once it gets to the guy that runs a good chunk of our business as a whole, I get nervous.
I love to help, and love to give feedback, but saying the slightest thing wrong here could make me a ghost pretty freakin quick. OTOH, a well placed suggestion might do wonders for my career, but I’d have to have a really damn good idea that nobody has mentioned before.
In short, I’m nervous. For now I’ll just think about the insights that impresed my immediate supervisor, then hope that I can come up with something similar for her boss’s, boss’s, boss’s, boss.
I think I’ll leave my shorts at home that day.