How Do You Handle Those Difficult Conversations at Work?!

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I don’t know about you, but I have always taken the Band-Aid approach to those dreaded talks that unenviably arise when working in close quarters with clients, peers, and subordinates.  Freelance journalist Rebecca Knight takes a more thoughtful path when devising the right way to approach these sensitive dialogues. Hopefully you can glean some insight and save yourself undue anxiety.  

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Q: So, What do you do? A: …

Marc Cowling does a great job of explaining some simple steps to avoid the pratfalls of gobsmacking the poor sods who inquire about your vocation or how I learned to stop sounding like a jerk when people ask me what I do.

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5 Tips for Explaining Your Job Description to Your In-laws | How to Not Fail (like me)

-Marc Cowling,  August 21, 2014

We’re supposed to admit when we fail, right? And we’re supposed to learn something when we fail, right? This past weekend, when my Father In-law (FIL) asked about what I do for a living, I opened my mouth, started talking, and realized I might need some time to think. I felt as though I needed a few props, perhaps a script and more coffee before I got too far into my description. In the end, I failed at explaining my job. I’m hoping my failure will help you to prep for a similar conversation.

I hope you never feel the job description failure pain I felt.

Oh, so painful.

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Age Discrimination is No Laughing Matter, ask Twitter

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 Former Twitter employee alleges age discrimination in lawsuit

The lawsuit was filed by former Twitter employee Peter Taylor, alleges he was fired last year with no warning and a month after the then-57-year-old underwent surgery to remove kidney stones.

The suit says Taylor saved Twitter millions of dollars during its data center expansion and met all performance review standards before he was fired and replaced by workers in their 20s and 30s.

Taylor, who worked as Twitter’s manager of data center deployment, said in the suit that his supervisor made critical remarks about his age during his termination.

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Read the rest over at the LA Times