When Blogwild was hitting the bookshelves, I’d go to our local Borders bookstore every day after the gym to see if it was in stock yet. What was always in stock was The Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer. The book had a distinctive binding, bright layout, punchy advice and a red ribbon bookmark. I kept seeing Gitomer all over the place. When he was in town a few months ago doing a seminar I was lucky enough to see him in action. He combines the knowledge of a seasoned sales veteran with impeccable timing and vaudeville sensibility. He’s hysterically funny. I was also lucky enough to secure breakfast with him. We got to talking about the possibilities to bringing social media to sales training and using blogs to spread the Gitomer books, training and seminars. I was on my second plate at the Chinatown Hilton breakfast buffet when Jeffrey said:
I want you to come work for me.
After I choked down my current bite of cantaloupe, we talked a bit more. A few weeks later, I flew to their headquarters in Charlotte, NC to tour his company and met the team behind the Gitomer empire. I knew they were awesome people when the first thing I saw when I walked into the offices was a whiteboard drawing with their most-used phrases during meetings. This list included:
We’ll take that offline.
Which is one of my favorites. ‘We’ll take that offline’ usually means, ‘I’m so angry with you I’m going to choke you. Later.’ My other favorite from my current job is ‘It’s on the wiki.’ which in techie parlance is ‘Go to hell, I’m not going to help you.’
So I knew this would be a fun place to work. I also got to go out with the entire Gitomer clan for his daughter’s birthday. They shoehorned a dozen of us – three generations – into a table at the local Olive Garden. The Gitomer folks have a lot of fun and a lot of heart (and obviously work very hard). A few weeks later we nailed down the details and I’m happy to announce I’m joining the Gitomer team in 2 weeks.
And we’re moving (again)! We are moving to Charlotte, North Carolina! Everyone we talk to keeps telling us how awesome the city is. We’ve got our sights set on a couple possibilities for apartments and Ron’s already chosen our future car. He’s going to try and re-domicile to work out of Chicago (he works for the airlines). We’ve already started to grow out our hair so we can have bouffants at our cotillions.
I’ll be sad to leave Six Apart and San Francisco. I never really felt like I fell in love with San Francisco. Granted, we were only here for 2 years. But I will miss my Six Apart co-workers. I have been so fortunate to work for scary-smart people for the past couple years and no matter how stressful things got we always laughed a lot. That was even more present when I had to announce my resignation and the sentiment wasn’t bitter but was ‘Darn it. We’re going to miss you. But congratulations! We can’t wait to see what you do next!’
Fortunately since we’ve moved apartments four times in the past 2 years we still have all of our boxes. So we’ve gotta find a mover to move our stuff across the country and then we’ll probably pack the cats and hard drives for a flight. I start in 2 weeks but we don’t move until mid-April so I’ve got some time to work on logistics.
Much more later!