I did market research today. Which meant six hours on my feet, trying to get people who didn't want to talk to me to talk to me.
It was sort of fun (maybe not the six hours on my fee part), and it reminded me of some of the reporting assignments when I worked at newspapers.
Here's a difference in the men and women I observed. Most men, even if they wouldn't agree to do my survery, would look at me and make eye contact. They'd smile and apologize.
At least one-third of the women who turned me down would just walk by as though they didn't see or hear me.
Of course, that's a female skill. I do it myself. Not so much with market research people -- I don't have a problem saying no if I'm busy. But I do bring it out sometimes.
I'm going to be doing more of that kind of work next week. One nice thing about working for a more sustained length of time is I get to miss the kids and appreciate the fact that I usually get to be home and making my own schedule. The money, of course, is nice as well.
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