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A List for Dealing With Difficult People


crying-baby (Photo credit: bbaunach)

Everyone has dealt with their fair share of difficult people.  But I feel like working in the news business pairs you up with some particularly grumpy characters.  Any time egos are involved – things can become testy.  I’ve worked with some absolutely amazing and wonderful reporters, anchors, producers, writers, editors and videographers through the years.  And some less than wonderful and amazing to say to least.

I’ll never forget when I first started out in as a freelance writer in New York City. During my first couple of weeks, a huge story broke while I was in the newsroom.  Within minutes of hearing the news that the Staten Island Ferry had crashed into a pier on Staten Island and that 71 passengers were injured and 11 killed, we were on the air. Read more

The End of the World as We Know It?

I don’t believe that tomorrow will be the end of the world. But some people do – namely Robert Fitzpatrick from Staten Island, NY. He spent his life savings of $140,000 on bus and subway advertisements to warn us that we will have a global earthquake that will end the world on May 21, 2011.

I don’t buy it.

But let’s just say that tomorrow was really the last day of the world (which it’s not)…what would you do or say today?

If you’re a list maker – examine your life list. Are you really THAT upset that you haven’t gone sky diving? What about if you never made up with your estranged sibling? Would that matter? Read more