said 1 year, 4 months ago:
@jimsyyap @annliu @abigailgorton @valeriejoydeveza
I guess the manner in which I asked the question revealed my stress level more than I was aware. Obviously, you all took great care in your responses. I’m just wowed.
Taking one thing at a time, eating that elephant piece by piece, learning to drive and change lanes on the highway — all good advice, analogies, and reminders of just how I learned to do anything and everything in marketing, video production, multimedia, desktop publishing, technical writing, and even learning a foreign language. Your calm, methodical advice has made me feel more peaceful already.
I always try to make clients feel relaxed and eager to learn the “new” stuff, at least eager to have someone else get the “new stuff” done for them. So I’m appreciative of the reminder not to stress in front of clients, too.
But I must say, it didn’t occur to me just how stressed I was until each of you offered me such reassuring advice on how to keep from stressing out. Here I was thinking that I was giving YOU a compliment, but now I realize that I DID really need YOUR advice on not letting this Facebook stuff stress and overwhelm me. Whew! I feel better and more focused now already.
Your feedback has also guided me in making sure that I must calmly keep my client’s focus where I need it to be, and not on their stressing out over the technicalities of it all. That’s the real source of my current stress. I like having all the answers when dealing with clients, but in this case, I do not. So I know I must redesign my way of communicating about this in a manner that instills confidence in my subcontractor, my expert, and not my own limitations. No problem. Just need to refocus.
I appreciate your kind, considerate, empathetic and helpful responses. You were all very helpful to me and I am deeply grateful for your thoughts. Valerie, I’m taking that deep beath now, being quite focused on doing one thing at a time. It’s those little reminders that can make or break a day.
Thanks again to you all in helping make my day so much more peaceful, calm, and focused.