Coffee. Answer emails. Call. Conference call. Email. Zoom. Walk around the house. Zoom. Call. Lunch. Zoom. GoToMeeting. (Who still uses GoToMeeting?) Call. Return call. Yell at the kids to settle down and get back to work. Call. Call. Tell the kids they are done for the day. Zoom. Answer emails. Start dinner. Or, maybe have a glass of wine and watch my husband start dinner.
That is my day in a nutshell. Or rather, every one of my days in a nutshell. Some days are a bit more exciting; these days include Zoom social calls in the evening. Now those are the days!
In some ways, I feel like a telemarketer, or a customer service representative. Those are not bad professions, I don’t mean to diminish them, they are just not my profession. Politics/law/lobbying is my profession. That work has always been an in-person, show-up, type of job. A “get in the ring” job. A “wrestle it out” job. You get the picture.
But not right now. Now, I am home for the safety of all. For my clients, my friends, and my family.
So, as much as I privately dread it, I am learning how to be my best lobbyist self on a conference call or Zoom meeting. As I am constantly reminded, we are all are navigating the new normal (is it still new?) and there is no manual for this type of change. Well, at least there wasn’t, I am sure someone may have written one by now, but I haven’t read it. So, I, like millions of others, try to do my best without a manual.
I have dusted off the old 10 best tips for lobbyist and modified a few of them for the COVID-19 era.
So, I continue on. I am lucky. Everyone close to me is currently healthy and safe. I am writing this blog post in a comfy chair in my backyard. I have a fizzy water in my hand, and I am half watching my thirteen-year-old daughter and one-year-old puppy run around. It is important to value this day. However, tomorrow it will be back to coffee. Answer emails. Call. Conference call. Zoom. Another Zoom… You get the picture. Peace and be safe.
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