Cubicle Confidential

Foot In Mouth Disease

March 22, 2023 Mary Abbajay & Chris DeSantis Season 3 Episode 91
Cubicle Confidential
Foot In Mouth Disease
Show Notes

We’re talking all about faux pas…and not the funny fashion kind (no socks and sandals here, folks, sorry!)

Have you ever said something you wish you could take back the second it slips out of your mouth? Surely, most of us have at one point or another.

In this episode, Mary and Chris help listeners who have stuck their foot in their mouth redeem themselves from some grave verbal blunders.

WTF? Am I SOOL (S**t Out Of Luck)? sometimes lets an F-bomb slip…they don’t mean to but when sh*t happens, they often react in the moment (and no, we’re not talking about Mary). People in the office fall into three camps, the “I don’t cares,” the “I do s**t too’s” and the “how rude’s.” How do they avoid offending folks while staying true to who they are?

Foot In Mouth in Missouri landed a new job and was scheduled to meet with his boss who was out on maternity leave. He thought they’d have a Zoom call, but she showed up in his office. After thanking her for going through the trouble to come in while pregnant, he asked when the baby was due. Turns out she had the baby two months ago…Should he try to fix this awkward interaction or pretend it never happened?

Flummoxed in Fredonia was asked to be on the board of a nonprofit promoting greater diversity and inclusion in manufacturing environments. He was ushered into a conference room for the interview where a young African American woman was wiping down a whiteboard. Before she had a chance to say anything, he asked her if she’d mind getting him a cup of coffee. Ten minutes later she returns to the room with the coffee and five other people.  She then introduces herself and the board members. She’s the executive director.  Is there a way to overcome this embarrassing first impression?

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