I spoke at a wonderful conference last weekend. It was hosted by a top notch team. The guests were fantastic.

My husband came with me to carry heavy things and pass out a couple of prizes to attendees.  One thing he did was pass around my special pink book for signatures. He also picked it back up when people were done.

Eric looked casual, but nice. It was the weekend. He, like half the male guests, had on jeans. He wore this Geoffrey Beene shirt:


It has a pattern in the fabric, but all in the same color. He wears it on casual Fridays  and out to dinner. He wears it a lot. I like this shirt. I like him it. It makes him happy. It looks very nice on him. Blue is his color. 🙂

(Yes, I pulled it out of the dirty clothes to photograph it.)

The last time he picked up the pink book, it had this note tucked into it:


(I blacked out some names for their privacy, because it was the names of my co-presenter and the host/presenter.)

Now, don’t go feeling bad for us. Balance it against this:

pink book page

There was a lot of that, verbally, too. In fact, the anonymous note was the only less than glowing feedback I got.

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So I didn’t post the note  to elicit sympathy. I posted it because it’s so damn fascinating to me.  I teach classes on communication and feedback in the workplace. Quick: before you analyze it too much, what’s your initial reaction? What are your thoughts?




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