Have you ever put your foot so far in your mouth you were choking on it and near death? No? Stop reading. This post is not for you. If you have, like me, read on …
Four years ago I was on a spat of internet dating (as you do when single) and I met a man at a local pub after yoga late August 2015. It was truly the last thing I wanted to do after meeting so many undesirables. And to be honest, I thought he was going to be another one.
Apparently women lie about their age and men lie about their height on internet dating sites. He asked if I was REALLY 49. I cracked it. Big time. Yeah, there’s no bloody botox in this face. This is how I look at 49 and if you don’t like it, I got plenty more ticks on Tinder so there!
Oh, he says, smiling, I thought you were younger. Yes, I am an idiot. So he continues smiling as I say ‘oh great, let me just take that big fat foot out of my gob and shove the other one in’. Andrew and I are getting married at the end of August this year. He’s a keeper and he copes with my foot in mouth disease.
Recently, I did it again. A colleague asked me for a referral, I gave her a name and she said "oh no Helen, I would not use him. His LinkedIn photo does not work. Who else do you have in your network"? So I gave her another. Feeling a bit annoyed because this bloke does great work, I called him, shoved my foot in my mouth again and offered to be of assistance with a new LinkedIn photo, styling, photography, the whole package. He was offended. Of course he was. Had I taken the time to engage my brain before my mouth, I would not have made that call. You see, I assumed a level of rapport that was clearly not there. I still think he’s a great operator and it’s true, his online image does not reflect his skill and talent. I cleaned it up the best I could, made a call, sincerely apologised and offered the service for free. Naturally, he declined, politely. Hey, I probably would have done the same thing.
Seems I’m a work in progress with this one. If you would like to upgrade your social media image to fit with your personal brand, I’m good to help with that! What I WONT be doing is stalking you on social media to tell you about it. If you are brave enough to seek feedback with a complimentary 30 minute social media image audit, click here to book. Beware, I’ll be honest!