- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
So, I have a dilemma, and I’m hoping for some hive wisdom.
The situation is this: for my job, I develop operational training for a San Diego-based company. The company paid for me to get an executive coaching certificate, and so since I finished the certificate I’ve been finding ways to use that coaching at the company with different teams, so they are getting value back from their investment.
I’ve also been pursuing my personal dream of opening my own coaching, training, and consulting business, and my plan has been to run it side by side with my current job for the next 8 – 18 months (depending on how quickly it grows) – and then quitting my job when the business feels viable. I’ve developed a website, business cards, a brochure, and have lined up several speaking engagements this spring to market myself. And my “kickoff” event for my business was supposed to be this talk I’m doing in two weeks – this event has been my target date for having all of my materials ready, and is meant to be the official launch of my business.
Well, the problem is that I mentioned the speaking engagements to my director. When I looked at her calendar today, I saw that she had added my launch event to her calendar and blocked herself off as busy, and then today one of my colleagues said she had told him about it and he’s planning to go, too. So, I feel uncomfortable introducing myself and my new business with my boss and colleague sitting right there.
Bees, what would you do?
a) Just do the talk, but without giving out the brochures/cards – and save the launch for the next event?
b) Talk to her privately a few days before, and let her know that I will be representing my new business – so she’s not blindsided.
c) Say at the next team meeting that I know a few people are thinking about coming out to support my presentation in a few weeks, but it’s new content for me and I’d rather that they hold off until maybe the next one (buying time)?
d) Something else???
And just to be clear – I don’t *know* that she will be unhappy about this. I am just putting myself in her shoes, and if I were a manager I would probably start thinking that this employee has an exit strategy. I was hoping to fly under the radar, and I wish I’d never mentioned it at all…but now what?