In the spirit of trying to explain to people what I do for a living, I was trying to explain to someone recently what I do for a living.
“I help organizations design and deliver online training programs…”
The guy made a cross with his fingers and hissed at me saying, “Oh no, you’re the CBT Lady!”
Visions of hairnet covered lunch ladies. I haven’t recovered yet from this one.
The CBT Lady?
“Oh no. You create those horrible things that we have to sit through. Every screen is locked out. And there’s a test at the end and if you get one question wrong you have to take the whole thing again!"
“Oh no, the CBT Lady!”
Two weeks later. Same guy. He introduces me to his wife. She and I start chatting about what we do. “She’s the CBT Lady!” And then she starts hissing at me.
It was all in good fun. But seriously. This is how our industry is perceived by the world -- by those forced to suffer through hours of clicky-clicky blah-blah at the hands of the CBT Lady.
Whatever you do, don’t be The CBT Lady. I’m begging you.