Storms always unnerve me, leaving me feeling helpless. Having no control of my environment, I get where this comes from even beyond tornadoes, any storm can bring destruction or merely just damage. I have faith, I struggle with my conclusions at times, dreams, advice I try to search for meaning in them. Sometimes I think where I go wrong is within my search my heart tells my head the way I want it to turn out, which translates the message into something that I want when in fact it was telling me something totally different.
Case in point, my new job; don’t get me wrong I like my job, yet I envisioned it to be more rewarding financially and creatively. Instead it leaves me pinching pennies, and being bored out of my mind sitting in a cubicle being the goffer for those who do not appreciate the challenge their jobs gives them every day. They complain it is too stressful, where I sit; it is an opportunity for creativity and advancement. They do one on one with clients, encouraging them to see their product in a whole new way reaching potential customers with inventive avenues of advertising.
In high school I made extra money walking up and down the street with high heels, black skirt to my knees with a slit up one side to my thigh. My blouse was white silk tastefully set off with a long gold chain, a gold heart nestled in its crook. The sign I carried was well made, it said “Need a night out with your wife, take her to Salvo’s” Salvo’s business gained 20% more clientele; the male customers asked if I would be waiting on them. Some were disappointed while others enjoyed Salvos big busted daughters.
I guess what I need to do is advertise myself, my ability to do their jobs, if given the opportunity. Once the bosses see what I am capable of I could be promoted.
If my immediate boss was absent say for a vacation, or death in the family I would be his stand in, I just need the opportunity to show what I have to offer. Or maybe since I know the clients, submit my idea’s to my boss’s boss. That is something I will start working on, the Clément’s account is the toughest one, their company makes wine, the wines are not the usual Cabernets, Merlots, and Zinfandels those are offered but what they specialize in are mix blends, Cabernet cherry wine, Merlot blackberry pin, Zinfandel kiwi pin, not your uppity wine. I am thinking more along the line of those who drink beer may try a glass of wine instead of shot of whisky or their wives instead of a sweet mixed drinks.
Since everyone had fresh coffee their favorite snack, donut, croissant, or cookie, all their messages returned it is now 2pm this is when I get bored, their needs are met, my time now will be spent writing a proposal and giving it to my boss’s boss.
It took me two drafts, 1 and a half hours but I am satisfied with what I wrote, telling Mr. Carver my need for more stimulus, money, and demonstrating my ability to think outside the box. The commercial will present well on radio, rock station, country, even Jazz, a male announcer would say “We have the wine you would put your beer down for, not the kind you hold your pinky up with; no we have a different finger for those types, try our Cherry pin, Blackberry satin, even our tart Kiwi punch.”
I handed this to Mr. Carver directly told him why I was handing this to him and asked him to give me a chance. Turning I said “Have a nice evening Mr. Carver.”
Walking out the door after punching my time card I was pleased with myself, so I treated myself to a meal at Salvo’s called my boyfriend and told him I was treating. Over dinner I told Craig what I had done; he said that will get you fired, get you a promotion or get you a raise. I said I could use the extra money, he said that was not the kind of raise I meant.
I laughed at him and said “All you think about is sex, come on I am serious, I believe he will love what I presented.”
Craig responded “Yes we all think about sex, I see it happening this way, he will pretend you did not give him anything, and present it as his idea, then you will go to him and he will say something like , “we can share the kudos if you will “ He will explain what the will be. Dawn you should had talked this over with me, we could have come up with a different way.”
That made me mad, I do not need any man to tell me how things should be, nor do I need their advice.
Craig knowing my mood change he said “Sorry Dawn it is still the way of the world.”
Next day at work there was a big meeting in the main conference room, I was tasked with refreshments, loading the tea cart, as quietly as possible I enter the room and started placing items out as each person asked . Mr. Carver was standing with laser pointing to his presentation, just as Craig said he would it was my proposal.
Now I am paying attention, so instead of approaching Mr. Carver in private, I said it straight up in front of the client.
Standing straight and professional I said “Thank you Mr. Carver, for presenting my ideas so eloquently, one thing I left out of what I shared with you is, another sector we should consider is, billboards, with your product clearly presented, the caption would be” Pretentious is passé loving life is what it’s all about” This received a round of applause, Mr. Carver was none too pleased but he smiled and nodded and said “This is Dawn Michaels, she is our go to girl, and wants to be more.”
The client’s spokesperson Mr. Craft said “Well I think you should give this girl whatever she wants, this was the best idea we have heard thus far.”
I nodded and said thank you, not looking up at Mr. Carver knowing full well he was pissed. Went back to my desk and called Craig told him what had happened he said “Good for you but Dawn watch your back, Morris will not like being side stepped, and Mr. Carver will not like being up staged, they cannot fire you but fur will fly.” I agreed and decided to take the humble contrite approach. The meeting adjourned with handshakes and back slapping, Mr. Carver motioned for me to come into his office. I was thrilled I knew I proved myself and now is my chance.
Walking in Mr. Carver had a smirk on his face and said “Dawn, it truly is unfortunate that you stepped over your boundaries, Clear out your desk you no longer work here, if you put us down as a reference I will tell who ever calls you were inept and insubordinate”
This took my breath away I gave myself a moment, clicked on my phone to record the conversation “Mr. Carver I clearly gave you the presentation that I put together, I truly believed that you were presenting it as if we both came up with it, I understand that since I am not in a position to present a propsal myself, it is only logical to do this for the client, but why fire me.”
His rebuttal was “ I do not owe you anything, just because you handed it to me does not mean you get credit, ask anyone here you have to pay your dues, you cannot expect to get far in only the 6 months you have been here, we have each other’s backs, this is a team effort if you step over one of the team members, you will be chastised as I have just done to you, you should have taken this to your immediate boss.”
I clicked off my phone and said “I understand, and then I took this to Craig, since he is the best attorney in this town and said, ok now what?”
Took a year but it was so worth it, I not only received back pay at the amount I make now, which is what Mr. Carver made, since I have his job, but the Clements stated they would only work with me and many clients followed suit.
You see it is not what you know but who you know in the corporate world, my next client is a senator who has had an issue with infidelity and graft he needs to look squeaky clean, I need to start a campaign in the commercial world to build that rep along with his handlers they want him to be presidential material in 2 years.