The ‘Facts of Life’ According to POLITICO Playbook

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By Nick Massella

facts-of-life-tv-1809This morning’s POLITICO Playbook offered some interesting “Facts of Life” that has us guessing. Just who is Mike Allen referring to in his morning newsletter?

Under the headline “PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE,” Allen references an “annoying email” about a “friendly reminder” and goes on to offer advice on how best to remind someone of something without nagging.

We reached out to Allen – with the subject line “You Coming?” – for additional info on the circumstances behind the “annoying email” he received but he wouldn’t budge.

The post leaves us wondering, who did Allen meet with this morning that was preceded by an annoying “friendly reminder” of said meeting??

The “Facts of Life” via POLITICO Playbook:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 13.48.30PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: An annoying email this a.m. reminded us that there’s nothing friendly about a “friendly reminder.” If you want to remind someone, try texting or emailing them with additional detail (“Just found out so-and-so will join”) — a way of reminding without nagging. At a restaurant, about five minutes after the reservation time (NOT before – no one wants to feel worse while already rushing), text your friend the table number or rough location. This is a little nicer to receive than: “You coming?” And it protects against the possibility that YOU’RE in the wrong place, or that they’re already seated elsewhere.

These are variations on the life lesson: At any given moment, we can make someone feel good, or feel bad. Human nature is to make them feel bad – they screwed up, or inconvenienced us. But it doesn’t cost any more to make them feel good. And the secret is: You do, too.