Monthly Archives: January 2013

New Gig, Old Memories

In April 2007, I walked through the doors at Qorvis for the first time. Nearly six years later, I’m still trying to figure out why there is no “U”.

Today marks my last day in the offices at 1201 Connecticut Ave. Well, sort of… I fully expect invites to the book parties, Q staffers. I’ve had a great time working with some very talented folks producing some kick-A results for some pretty amazing clients. Really, I’ve learned so much. What you ask? Here’s a snippet…

25 things I learned at Qorvis:

1. Democrats tip better than Republicans.

2. Ben Affleck is just as dreamy in person, WITH the beard.

3. Elephants walk really, really fast.

4. All Bourbon is whisk(e)y, but not all whisk(e)y is Bourbon.

5. I would like baseball more if all games were like the Subway Series and this was my view:

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6. Science can be brought home.

7. With a sweet smile, you can convince six police officers (yeilding really big guns) that you “accidently” broke out of the federal building, after hours. #EventPros

8. Deadlines: (A) internal ones are negotiable, (B) client ones are harder, but (C) I will never, EVER miss a reporter’s deadline (and I’ll make sure anyone I need to meet said deadline it knows it too)

9. Delta flight attendants are the best. They let you dance down the aisle to Call Me Maybe.

10. Road tripping across Missouri for a 30 minute press conference was made more entertaining with a stop at this inappropriately named location:

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11. Keeping 16 pairs of shoes at the office is obnoxious when I never change out of the flats I arrived in.

12. Burgers taste better when you fly 3,000 miles just to buy one.

13. Bardstown, KY is not only the Bourbon capital of the world, but the local Hampton Inn offers the world’s best cookies.

14. The tater tots at the Residence Inn in Downtown Baltimore are also wonderful.

15. Doesn’t matter how old you are, Princesses are still amazing:

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16. I’m good at predicting major company moves before they even happen.

17. Even on a tight budget, never stay at the Hotel Penn or La Quinta Inn.

18. People in PR are tall.

19. Sometimes, I’m full of shit:

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20. Apparently, I talk too fast:

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21. People need to learn to talk faster.

22. At work, it’s ok to clown around:

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23. And get a little goofy:

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24. Courtesy of a client requested personality test half-day session, I’m a high A (assertive) and a low C (impatient).

25. I’m Qonstantly Qompelled to use the letter Q in words that aren’t appliQable.

And, here’s what I still need to learn, but I fear I’ve run out of time:

  1. Delete, archive and organize emails. There is no excuse for 77k in the inbox alone.

If I forgot some “key learnings” please add them in comments below. Thanks for a great run, Qorvis!

How I Fared in 2012

In 2013, I resolve not to resolve. Here’s why…

Approx 365 days ago, I published a list of resolutions on Lindsay Learns, but God forbid I be normal and actually call them resolutions. Instead, they were 12 Things to Tackle in 2012.

Six months later, I published a mid-year review to see how I was doing. At the time, the standing was:

  • 2 things complete
  • 3 things likely to be complete
  • 5 things really didn’t stand a chance
  • 1 thing was 86ed

Now that 2012 has ended, here’s how I did…

Goal #1: Complete a triathlon

Result: Complete, May 12

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Goal #2: Because it’s a triathlon, I think it’s only fair that it occupies three of these goals…

Result: Second tri complete, July 7

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Goal #3: (See #2)

Result: Third tri complete, Sept 9

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Goal #4: Stop relying on the Whole Foods prepared section and put my new gluten-free cookbooks to work.

Result: Failed. Never used the cookbooks, but started eating Paleo anyway.

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Goal #5: Waste two more hours of my life on part two. Do not waste 10 hours of my life watching the marathons on FX…again.

Result: Complete, Dec 8. Thank God it’s over.

Goal #6: Don’t cheat myself and embrace change – could pay off better than expected.

Result: Per the mid-year review, this goal has been removed from the to-do list. However, I’m adding it back on. Because after 8 years of reliability, travels up and down the east coast, a demolished quarter panel, countless flat tires, and 3 hubcabs lost to aggressive parallel parking… I embraced change, sold my car and bought a new one. So… Complete, Dec 21. The world really did end that day.

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Goal #7: Increase the ROI and wear my glasses.

Result: Complete, Dec 31. Yep, wore them on the last day of the year, just so I could mark this one complete.

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Goal #8: Finish the Harry Potter book series (a 2010 Christmas gift) some time before Christmas 2012.

Result: Failed. But I did start reading in general and did finish another “young adult” series. It could happen.

Goal #9: Take advantage of my height and make some magic happen for my clients and my teams.

Result: I took height to a new level for my team. To 30,000 feet to be exact. All for the sake of filming this:

Goal #10: Be more attentive to my phone and promptly reply to voicemails. (Sorry, family.) Also, be more accepting of my generation’s communication preferences by embracing text messages. (And by text messages I mean iMessages – not paying for something I hate.)

Result: Failed. Please email me if needed.

Goal #11: Use fewer parentheses because I realize it’s getting obnoxious. (Sorry for being easily distracted.) (And sorry I’m long-winded.) (Also, sorry that I have comments on my comments.)

Result: Actually, complete. Date unknown. I’m now using a lot of em dashes (–) to insert my thoughts.

Goal #12: And of course, follow through.

Result: Ongoing, my friend. Ongoing.

So what did I ultimately learn in 2012? Make fewer goals. And by fewer I mean none. Also, the Mayans lied.