Realizations and ropes

So there I was last week – attending a meeting with colleagues and others, many with impressive titles and backgrounds, certainly more impressive than yours truly.

Knowing the business but still not connecting the dots, I puzzled at attending said meeting.

But as I listened and took notes, I found myself leaning in, participating and nodding in agreement.

I watched another leaning away, slipping out and shaking his head.

At the last minute the presentation he planned to give was punted to me – the one I’d written and researched.

It was then that I saw it.

Bluster and blather will only carry you so far ~ and sometimes the one needed at the table is the one who knows the fluff from the floor.

β€œA dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.”
― Mae West

Yes! In the moment I felt like this Tigress.  Image from

Yes! In the moment I felt like this Tigress. Image from

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? How did you handle it?


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  1. I attended a school board meeting once to support some very costly items. I was “told” only my presence was needed to support the purchases. At the last minute my supervisor said “Georgette, I need you to present.” Result — there was a very close vote “in favor”. Whew! Our kids were served.

  2. Good for you! I’m sure you got ’em Tiger.
    Once I was asked to attend a school board meeting to support some costly items that needed to be purchased. I was “told” to be there in support. At the last minute I was told to present. Result – there was a vote and the items were deemed necessary. Whew! Our kids were served.

  3. When I was in HR we were terminating an employee for incompetence. Truly I believe she had early dementia because she couldn’t do the simplest tasks. I accompanied the supervisor who was going to deliver the message. As I closed the door and sat down he became tongue tied and couldn’t speak. We both looked at him as he turned purple but couldn’t speak so I picked up the conversation and reviewed the reasons for termination and escorted her out. Fortunately I was well versed in this particular employee but it was a lesson to ALWAYS be knowledgeable because you never know what’s going to happen. (BTY she put a “whammy” on me and told me bad things would happen to me. My water heater broke that day, then my car battery went dead. Coincidence? I think not!)

    • See how that works? I’ve learned to over-prepare as this one doesn’t – he has himself convinced that an “on the fly” presentation is entertaining and witty – it’s not. It comes across as it is – unorganized and amateurish. I’ve had to punt more times than not, and I can do that, but it stresses me out b/c I never know which hat I am wearing on which day. On the flip side – I’m ready for everything πŸ™‚

      A double whammy hey? Yikes … good thing you got rid of her!! MJ

  4. Oh, it’s been a while since I attended an important adult meeting. Now, the only bosses I answer to are less than 50 inches tall!!

  5. Loved it!

    • Thank you ~ I find those situations to be a tossup of adrenalin mixed in with annoyance and lack of courtesy. But I do them – am used to them – and don’t expect things to change until the personnel does … ~sigh.

      On the flip side I guess I am truly ready for whatever comes at me (some days I think I need juggling swords and a bullet proof vest!) πŸ™‚ MJ

  6. I’m not surprised in the least. You’re the kind to give everything a chance and then give it your all. It makes sense that you were the one presenting.

    • Thank you Terri ~ the reality is I was ready but annoyed so I did the best I could with it. I would have appreciated having a heads up vs. getting thrown in face first (not the first time this has happened). MJ

  7. I think the phrase “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” was written with you in mind. Good job, MJ! They know who gets the job done.

    • I come from a long line of women who rolled up their sleeves & got it done – maybe not in a business sense – but my Mom was definitely my roll model for “let’s do this.” πŸ™‚ MJ

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