In this episode of Writing Excuses, you’ll learn how to minimize (and possibly even reverse) the long-term effects of E.F.D.: Epic Failure Damage!
Have you ever said or done something really stupid in public? After it happened, did you quickly and heroically douse the flames of controversy like a professional spin doctor? Or did you go to your ‘warrior place’ and start an epic flame war against any and all takers? If you chose the latter route, and deeply regretted it afterwards, then this episode of Writing Excuses is for you!
Ill-timed remarks, regrettable blog entries, inadvertent gaffes in covering letters and e-mails — if you interact with people throughout the day, in person and online, it’s bound to happen. And everyone has memories of past public embarrassments or faux pas that lodge in their memories — and even affect their life and career options — for years afterwards.
Of course, you can’t erase your past mistakes. But how about all of those failures and screw-ups that life still has pencilled in for your future?
Well, that’s where co-hosts Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler of Writing Excuses come in. Using examples that are both wince-inducing and funny, they share past contretemps, along with their solutions, so that you can benefit from their hard-earned knowledge, and hopefully apply some spin-doctor strategies after your next scheduled debacle.
Download their 18-minute course in damage control here!
[Running time: 18 minutes]
[Warning: This episode may trigger incidental memories from your past, including, but not limited to, congratulating non-pregnant women on their upcoming family addition (or being congratulated), making embarrassing body sounds in dead-silent waiting rooms and elevators, and having debit cards declined in front of friends and colleagues. Keep your Ativan close by!]