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How To Deal With Crying In The Office

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Have you ever fought back tears in the office? We've all been there. Melissa Kirsch, author of The Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything, shares advice on how to deal with crying in the office.

KATRINA: I’m Katrina Szish with howdini.com. Now you have to admit it. Almost all of us have had that terrible moment at work when something goes terribly wrong and you feel like you might burst into tears. But, you can’t do it. Here to explain how to handle that difficult situation is author Melissa Kirsch, she wrote The Girl's Guide To Absolutely Everything. Hi Melissa thanks for joining us.

MELISSA: Thanks for having me.

KATRINA: You say there’s a very important thing to remember about work. What is that?

MELISSA: One must always remember that works is about facts. It’s not about feelings. They can so easily get conflated, but when you find yourself in a tense situation remember that. It’s about facts; it’s not about whether or not someone likes you. It’s not about whether or not you look good that day. It’s about the facts. What you want, what you need, getting the job done.

KATRINA: Sometimes it’s very hard to separate the work mode from the personal and the feeling mode, and sometimes you do get to the point where you’re just going to have to break down and cry. What do you recommend when you get to that point?

MELISSA: We’ve all been there. We’ve all done that walk of shame past our coworkers from the boss’s office to the bathroom. Mascara running down the face. You know it happens. We cry. We go to the bathroom, we clean ourselves up, we drink a glass of water, um, definitely try to cool down the body in order to stop the crying.

KATRINA: What if you don’t make it out of the room or to the bathroom and you just let loose, flood gates go, and you are caught in a situation where you are crying at work, potentially in front of your boss and coworkers?

MELISSA: Bottom line: we’re all human. We all have feelings. We all get upset. It’s not the end of the world. But best avoid it if possible.

KATRINA: Okay Melissa Kirsch thanks so much for great advice.

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Our gurus are people you know and trust because you’ve been getting advice from them for years, at places like Good Morning America, The Today Show, Money, Prevention, and Food and Wine (to name just a few). Many are best-selling authors. Others, like our medical experts, are respected leaders in their fields.

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The first Howdini was Joanna Breen, who left a comfortable career at ABC’s 20/20 to create a how to video website after one too many frustrating experiences with handymen who weren’t that handy. Joanna had traveled the world reporting with Barbara Walters and others on injustice, outrage, and tragedy, but now it was time to turn her talents to dealing with crises closer to home, like what do you do if you drop your diamond ring down the drain. Joanna is the quintessential can-do girl, so she didn’t find the prospect of launching a gigantic website the least bit daunting. (Ok, that last part isn’t entirely true.)

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Joanna and Shelley were introduced to marketing executive Alison Provost by a mutual friend who knew that Alison had what they needed - entrepreneurial experience, patience, and a checkbook that still had checks in it. Joanna and Shelley could see right away that Alison should join Howdini. They figured that they would take care of the programming, and Alison would bring trustworthy sponsors to help pay the bills. It took Alison significantly longer to be convinced, maybe because she was crazy busy running a marketing firm called PowerPact, which she continues to oversee while serving as the biggest of big cheeses at Howdini. But whether it’s playing Suduko or launching a new business in a field she knows little about, Alison loves the challenge of a good puzzle, It wasn’t long before she began dropping obscure internet terms like “user-interface” and “googlebot” into casual conversation.

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