Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Little Too Jolly

I'm a financial consultant.  I make my clients' problems go away.  My clients are always in a disaster situation before they engage my firm.  As a result, one of the key items I'm always pushing is for my clients to hire new talent.   Since we're not a long-term solution, it's important that my clients hire the right people to take over before our job is done.   Everyone at my firm knows I'm a happily married gay man.  My clients rarely know that I'm a happily married gay man- I don't chit-chat with my clients.

Last week the Director of Financial reporting interviewed several professionals, and he made a comment to me: "I like the last guy, but he's a little too jolly for me.  I don't know if I can work with that every day."

Did you catch that?  "A little too jolly" is code for "gay."  I was paralyzed by that statement.   I didn't know what to say, because I was so caught off guard.  I never know how to handle these situations.  I could disempower my client with a few statements, but is that what's best for the situation?  Again, I didn't know what to do...and I don't have a wise gay mentor to consult.  

I just moved the conversation on.

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