Don’t Tell Me Anything You Don’t Want Me To Remember
I have a great memory. I can remember phone numbers of friends and relatives from when I was a young girl. I know my driver’s license and credit card numbers by heart. I can recite dialogue from an episode of a favorite television show that I haven’t seen in years. More importantly, however, I rarely forget what someone tells me.
Perhaps It’s A Gender Thing
Guys, you know what I’m talking about. In fact, I’m fairly certain that most men who’ve ever been in a committed relationship with a woman can relate to the not-so-little-secret I am about to share. Ready? Here it is: We women have the uncanny ability to remember every single detail a man has ever uttered to us during the course of any conversation. A conversation that could have taken place anywhere. Any time. In any decade. Follow me – I’ll illustrate:
Carie: Remember when you said such and such?
Carie: C’mon – yes you do! Don’t you remember? We were standing in the lobby during intermission at that play we went to about 2 ½ years ago. You said blah, blah, blah about this? Then you said blah, blah, blah about that? Surely you remember, don’t you?
All Kidding Aside
No matter how good my memory may be, when it comes to anything business related – I document everything. Including conversations. Personally, I am not a huge fan of unnecessary drama, dissension or complications. As we all know, misunderstandings can potentially lead to mutual heartbreak. Rather, I would prefer to do my best to maintain a comprehensive communications trail for future reference. Keeping lists has also become one of my tried-and-true hallmarks. In my opinion, good documentation not only keeps me organized – it has the ability to quickly and effortlessly refresh the memories of everyone involved.
And, just for the record – I do remember what you said.