I am literally sick to my stomach as I write this. What I thought was a wonderful PR firm, Phenix and Phenix — is no longer! My campaign was going great. I was booking TV and radio and some stations were even asking me to come in on a regular basis. I was starting to get great independent reviews. It was happening!
Then almost two weeks ago, I tried to contact my publicist. No answer via email or phone. Strange I thought, but perhaps she is busy. Then it was Passover and Easter, so I thought, maybe the holidays. Then I started thinking — oh no! What if something happened to her family? I didn't want to be rude and hound her. So I figured I would wait until Monday the 25th of April. So I call — I hear some automated voice mail. No responses from anyone in the company via phone or email. I check my business email and there is a message from a man I met at the media training. He informs me that he found out that they came in, told everyone to leave and closed doors. WITHOUT TELLING THEIR CLIENTS!!!!!
What?!?! Really? This is crazy! Some guy took a good company that had been in business since 1994 and what? Ran it into the ground? Stole the money? I have no idea! All I know is that lots of people are now screwed. Like the employees he suddenly canned. All the clients that paid THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of dollars to hire them for PR or publish their books.
As for me, I hired them to do my publicity campaign. Now all the books they have sent, every contact that was made is — where? In space! I was getting lots of interest. There were interviews in the works! Articles being written. Now when anyone calls the number — they will get a voice mail that will go unanswered.
What to do? Well, I'm going to try to contact some people myself. Try to get a new PR firm. But I'm ill thinking of the lost money I spent as well as everyone else they scammed. I'm sick to think I also lost almost 100 books (times $14.95 you do the math) And that my reputation may look flaky as now my publicist is MIA.
So if you are reading this and you want to book me! I am here! Go to my contact page and I will get back to you ASAP. I am a reputable business person. I am on it! I will respond. And I'm a great interviewee — just ask anyone that has interviewed me. I guess I have to toot my own horn now.
I hate to admit it, but I am guilty of it at times. Judging. You walk into a situation and your wheels start turning. You see a mother with an unruly child and five seconds of mind work and you have her pegged one way or another. Your blind date walks in the room and he isn't quite the hunk you had in your head. Have you convicted him before he has even opened his mouth?
So…we all do it. But do me a favor. The next time you catch yourself playing judge. Stop. I have trained myself to do that now. For many reasons. It's shallow first off. Plus, you simply can't make a proper assessment of a situation or person unless you know all the facts. Did you see the entire picture of the mother and child from beginning to end? Did you give your date a chance to open his mouth and talk?
Rule number 465 – no judging unless you are a judge. aka don't judge a book by its cover
Well, I'm back from a wonderful trip to Paris with my mother. We went to support my brother who ran the Paris Marathon. Of course we saw all the sights you would want to see in Paris — The Arc de Triomphe, The Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, Versailles, The Moulin Rouge, beautiful bridges, the Seine River and the shopping!
We had a wonderful time. Of course, how could you not have a wonderful time in Paris? But what stood out the most on the trip…was not the shopping or the sights but what I saw during the Paris Marathon. Several runners that were pulling another person along, mostly it was a disabled child. I couldn't help but think…wow. Here is someone doing something so physically challenging for another person that cannot. I had tears streaming down my face as I watched a runner pull his child along in his wheelchair attached to a harness on his back. This, my friends…is love.
Sure the sights were great and so was the shopping. But in the grand scheme of life, what is it that really matters? The Goyard handbag? The top of the Eiffel Tower? Or putting your heart, body and soul out there for someone you love? I will tell you this…my tears are not for the handbag.
Do you just go about your day mindlessly? Get up, shower, coffee/tea, breakfast, work, blah blah, night night?
If so, I am here to tell you to STOP! I know you can't alter some aspects of your routine. I mean, showers are important, food is important, and work to pay for life is certainly important. But what about the rest? Can you change anything up? Go a little outside your routine?
How about a new coffee place? A new lunch spot? Lunching with different people? A new class at the gym? A new place for happy hour? Call a friend for a walk after work? Sign up for a night class in something you are interested in? Sign up to run a race? Check the paper for an event in town and go?
In addition to changing up your routine, I ask that you notice things and become more aware on your regular routine. Do you just do things without thinking? Think about what you are doing. Look around. Notice things. Comment on things. Engage people.
Make a point to be more aware of life. Breathe it in. Savor each moment you are alive. Smile more. Even if it is only to yourself. Find a joke a day website and start each morning with a laugh! Your better mood and outlook will create new opportunities for you to enjoy your life!
So go on — get out there and switch it up!