It’s inevitable when my family visits, or when we talk on the phone, or an email comes in…they want to know about my job. They want to talk about my projects and programs and area of the business.
OK – first of all – Microsoft is really big (duh!) And they ask me about other orgs that I don’t know a whole lot about. No – not sure what Office is going to do about feature Y in Excel and blah blah blah. Or they pick up on the latest news story and expect me to be fully versed. Like I’m getting any more data than they are? And when is Microsoft *finally* going to This-That-or-the-Other-Thing?!?!
Secondly – Isn’t it enough to know I’m a project manager? That I’m working on Project M and it’s stressful right now since we don’t have all the details in place. Or that we launched on time and now we get a breath before round 312 starts up?
Done. Stop. End. Fini.
That should be enough.
I don’t want to explain to them what Project M is or new aspects of version 312. It’s not easy stuff. If I even try to make an effort to share, their eyes glaze over. I talk about work details enough at work. Can’t I leave the specifics back in my office or laptop and not in my personal life?
Why don’t we talk about that joint-owned condo downtown with the other ‘rents so visits last longer? (bonus – Norman OR I can have a quiet place to escape for an evening and play “being single”)