Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Posted on Posted in Communication, Professional Development, work

I know that many people use social media (and yes, Mick…blog posts, too) as a form of exhibitionism.  Hey, look at me!  Look at what I’m eating!  Look at where I am!  Look at my gorgeous granddaughter (sorry folks…those posts ain’t stopping anytime soon)!  But I think we can all agree that some things are better left unsaid.  In fact, some things are better off being kept secret altogether.

Working from home, I don’t have much opportunity for office gossip.  The dog pretends to listen, but I think he’s just being polite.  Conversely, he doesn’t share anything with me, so I find the relationship to be a bit one-sided.

But then…there’s that pesky Triple-Dub world again.  There, we tend to share…perhaps overshare, in fact.

I know I’m guilty of this, and I’m sure that most of you readers are as well: since the last Presidential election cycle (maybe the last three, if we want to be honest), we have looked at our friends’ social media posts and are often aghast at what we’ve read coming from people we thought we knew…and now suddenly dislike strictly on principle.

Interesting…this article was originally shared on LinkedIn in September of 2016…before the most recent Presidential election.  The author clearly said ‘don’t talk politics at work’.  And yet we did.  And we do.  And we talk about many other things that we should keep to ourselves.

A lot of good points are made here…can you think of any other topics that are NSFW?

Do you promise not to tell?

Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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