Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Career Day

Well, I've been up since 4am today, so we all know how the rest of my day will go!

Long story short, I'm returning to my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, to speak to an Intro to PR class of around 90 students. In typical Jessica fashion, I waited until the last minute to put together my presentation, fully intending on drowning myself in it yesterday. But a dang migraine hit and knocked me out for most of the day. So now I find myself up and completing the presentation before the sun rises on Wednesday morning!

One thing is for sure, I am a morning person once I can roll myself out of bed. I've found this morning SO peaceful and quiet, my distractions are few. Once the baby is here and I go back to work, I've decided John will take the late-night feedings and I'll take the early morning feedings. I'd MUCH rather go to bed at 9 or 10 and get up super early. It's not uncommon for me, with all the early-morning flights I'm used to taking.

Anyway, wish me luck on not looking like a complete idiot in front of a generation of future PR professionals. I hope they don't look at me and think "so, yeah, if I'm going to end up like her count me out...where's my advisor? I need a new major."

They're going to ask me the coolest moment in my job. Is it completely unprofessional to say "OMG, when Ben Stiller was at our meeting and then I went back to my hotel room and OMG he was like RIGHT THERE in front of my room! Like totally right there, I could have touched him, and he's super short in person. And I didn't want to be a total idiot and ask him for a picture but OMG I should have because when am I ever going to see Ben Stiller again?! He was just standing there waiting on an elevator like a normal person, and it reminded me of when I was 9 years old and I saw NKOTB in concert and we sat on the side of the stage and watched them drink water between songs like NORMAL PEOPLE! So, yeah, Ben Stiller was a totally awesome part of my job!"

Ok, ok, how's this instead?
"Yes, I do actually manage a staff of professionals in offices across the country, provide thought leadership and strategic development for PR with a top 10 global brand, and travel the country to sit in multiple meetings contemplating the pros and cons of adding an extra pickle to a sandwich. And sometimes Ben Stiller shows up. Whatev."


Elizabeth said...

I would be sure to mention all the cool free t-shirts you get. Oh, and the jock-strap car scent thingies that stunk up your office.

HR is so boring compared to that...

Cary said...

Please give this answer. Word for word.

Also, I figured out how to spare you from all those meetings. Just tell them to add the freaking pickle.

Good luck inspiring the future leaders of corporate America.

Michele said...

Pfft! I hope you didn't give them hope that Ben Stiller is the norm in our business! I mean, working for Moroch has its perks in oh-so-many-ways, but that's one agency!