Once upon a time in another life, I had a real job. Not that I don’t work now, but it’s pretty hard to convince people I have a real job when most days I sport PJ’s until I hear the dogs barking at the side door, alerting me to my husband Eric’s arrival home from his real job and leaving me mere seconds to transform from my happy-but-haggish self to almost-put-together office-at-homer. In that old life, I was the Vice President of Human Resources and Legal for a refining company in the Caribbean. I wore Ellen Tracy suits, Puerto Rico-high heels, and (sometimes) makeup. I dispensed justice from my large office. People said, “Yes, ma’am,” to me, and gave me stock options.

Unfortunately, I hated it. I liked some of the people I worked with a lot, though. In fact, one of them I liked so much that I quit my job and married him (yes, Eric). But, even though I am so much happier in my new life, I experienced some amazing things in that old job.

One of those amazing things? Media training. That’s right. Media, as in TV, radio, and print. We brought in from New York to our little island the awesome T.J. Walker of Media Training Worldwide to work with those of us who had communications responsibilities. I was a member of what we called the Incident Command Staff, and I filled its Communications Officer role. That meant that in the event of a crisis, my ass might end up in front of a camera taping me talking to a slick reporter. Yikes. Luckily I never had the misfortune to need the skill in an emergency, but I put it to good use in day to day public relations on behalf of the company.

It certainly comes in handy now when I’m appearing publicly or giving interviews for the books I’ve written. I did a radio show (blog coming soon) and gave four print interviews. By the way, as you can imagine, print is way easier than live radio or TV.

You can read the rest of Echoes of a Past Life by Clicking Here.

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10 Responses to Echoes of a Past Life

  1. Eric says:

    I have such clear memories of the sessions with TJ. He is so good at what he does. He does a wonderful job at working directly with you, analyzing the things that you do and could do better, instead of some hypothetical, once size fits all coaching. I learned so much. And had so much to learn.
    It is wonderful that he read the CKC’s and that he did this review for you.

  2. OMGoodness. You are so lucky. I used to do summer stock theatre and got to go on the local radio program to promote the show. I guess they figured that since we were actors we would be naturally successful in that setting. Not me! I stumbled and rambled on. I even plugged a golf course by accident in the middle of another gold course commercial. woops. I sure could use some help there:)
    I’m so excited for you to be getting so much great press!

    • Pamela says:

      That’s funny! Media is fun, if you are prepared. TJ really taught us about figuring out what your message points were so that you could stick to the point you wanted to make no matter where the interview wandered. It’s shockingly effective.

  3. I must be having a duh moment but I’m not getting a link with the “click here”. Well, it all sounds very wonderful – I love how things from the past are exactly what one needs for the present! Neat how that works.

  4. Pamela,
    you continually surprise me w/ your multi-layered life.

    The past & the present colliding. Kind of Funky <3 Xxx how is Petey?

  5. Bet that life seems a loooooonnnngggg way off now! You’re a rock star no matter what you do, P! Looking forward to catching up on lots of reading in the next few weeks. :)

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