I have a hypothetical situation for you. Suppose, hypothetically speaking of course, you are working on a time-sensitive project with an individual you just met. The project is worth a great deal of money. Further, you are unfamiliar with the type of project and must immerse yourself in a stack of research that is seven inches tall.
Yes, I measured. In my imagination, of course.
Suppose—again, this is purely hypothetical—you are beginning to feel the stirrings of angst that always set your heart aflutter and strike you nearly-dead two weeks prior to a project’s deadline. This feeling, once abloom in your gut, only grows with increasing urgency into nuclear proportions as your two tactful emails “touching base!” and “just checking in!” go unanswered.
If you had emailed such messages (not on the same day), of course.
So your possibly imagined emails have gone unanswered and the speculative deadline for the “Maybe she’s born with it, Maybe it’s Maybelline” unfamiliar, scary project is rapidly approaching.
And then? And then your inbox dings a merry little ding (Ding!), speculatively speaking, and you click “Open” with much theoretical anticipation.
You hold your breath.
Your prayers, conjectural that they are, are about to be answered with the information you so desperately need to finish the assumed job in a successful manner.
So what does this hypothetical email response to your polite “touching base” inquiries read? Well, I’m not saying this happened to me yesterday at 2:46 p.m., but the email (could have) begun:
“I’M WORKING ON PUTTING MORE TOGETHER USING YOUR OUTLINE. OOPs – caps lock was on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway …”
All-caps signify shouting, and you may be surprised to learn that I’m not a fan of being shouted at. (I know! It shocked me, too!)
Now, if this was a real situation, I would have been aghast. My cheeks would have flooded with hot shame. I would have second-guessed myself immediately (did I come across too strong? Am I being annoying? Did my last email sound bitchy? I am being annoying, aren’t I?)
So the question I beg you is this: hypothetically speaking, is this person being incredibly passive-aggressive? A big meanie? Or am I reading waaaaay too much into a supposed situation?
I should also tell you that in my spinelessly effusive first meeting with her I went a bit overboard with the “charm,” asking her all about herself, including how long she’d been a (insert relevant career position), if she enjoyed it, and whether or not she still lived in the city. To which she snipped, “Yeah. You asked me that already.”
Now, hypothetically speaking, what do you think?
Wait; I mean, WHAT DO YOU THINK???!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!