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August 11, 2017


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Yvonne DiVita

Diana, I do expect them to tell me ab out themselves, but I am becoming so impatient with long stories about cancer and auto accidents and any number of tragedies that are all right to mention, but that's it - mention, not spend 20 minutes in a monologue about how it changed the person's life. That's for some other time. In my opinion. You and i do often think alike, don't we?

Yvonne DiVita

Janice, thank you so much for your insightful comment here. It's true. I could have been a bit kinder, but it did hit a nerve and since it was yet another 'expert' talking more about their personal life than doing the teaching they offered, I just had to write about it.

Thank you for reading Dear Mom. I have other mom stories coming, soon!

Janice Marotto

Yvonne, this article does not sound like you. At least it’s not the articles I’ve read written by you in the past. Whomever was teaching the webinar must have really hit a nerve. I understand people waste each other’s time, but we can put it in perspective. He or she is trying to make a living and they will try anything to get more customers. Yes, some people resort to all kinds of things such as telling sad stories and going on and on about their education and experience. Some try to up-sell you on more training or whatever with drawn-out descriptions, but it’s up to us who truly do have more life experience to simply listen and if it’s not our cup of tea, we can log out. Or better yet, wait until the end and fill out that survey and leave constructive comments. How can a person get better if we don’t provide feedback? Most people just want to be listened to, especially the people telling sad stories. They may not know how to tell their story because it might be coming from a place of pain. Who knows? In the end, we can be sympathetic and simply provide constructive feedback so they can improve. I know we live in a fast and furious world these days, but like your other stories: “Whose Story Is It?” and “I Wax the Morning Nostalgic” we can all slow down, take a deep breath and don’t let these things get to us. By the way, “Dear Mom”, I loved it!

Diana Gardner Robinson

Thanks for this, Yvonne. I've frequently pondered the same thing. I have mentally sneered when someone who is giving a webinar on giving webinars recommends - yes, recommends - that folk do exactly what you are talking about. Frankly, I usually sort papers or play an internet card game while this is going on, but, like you, my opinion of the webinar "leader" sinks slowly down and down the longer the chatter continues.

Yvonne DiVita

Thanks for understanding, Jodi. I feel strongly about this. I don't understand it, and I refuse to follow the leader, on it. LOVE your site and your work. Liked you on FB - and I will also share!

Jodi Henson

Thank you for calling foul on a popular format that is truly frustrating! One of the worst things a business person can do is waste time. There's an economic cost that is impossible to recoup. I'm sure that most everyone who signs up for a webinar wants/needs to learn. Reciprocation of respect for the price they pay with their time is half of the value. Meaty content is the other half. Thank you for the pointed rant - it is long overdue!

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