I was reading some blogs today about people’s most embarrassing moments and a specific story in my past sprung into my mind so I thought I would blog my embarrassing story:- well one of them anyway.
The year is 1999. I am coordinating a Crusade for Benny Hinn as part of my job as Brisbane’s Citipointe Business Manager. I was the Australian Coordinator who worked closely with the US Crusade Coordinator. It had been a very intense 4 months in the lead up to the three day Crusade. On the first night before starting time, we had done all we could do and I had left the control room and was sitting up in the nose bleed section of the Boondall Entertainment Centre with one of my team and her hubby. I was letting off steam and expressing some frustrations that I had had working with the US Coordinator and even some frustrations working with some of my leaders.
Here is the embarrassing bit, as I had left the control room I had picked up a radio and plugged my ear piece in. What I didn’t know was that when you first plug the ear piece in, it goes to broadcast unless you change the default. I wasn’t aware of that. So my conversation was being broadcast across all the communication channels to all my leaders and all the US team – they were all listening to my “debrief” session:- which was anything less then complimentary.
Melanie and others in my team were trying to find me to tell me to “shut up” but no one knew where I was and it was before the days of common mobile phones. Needless to say, once I became aware of the “situation” I was highly embarrassed and had to eat a lot of humble pie.
And thus I learnt, negative comments about people are best left unsaid.