2016’s Weirdest Email

Posted By on Jan 3, 2017 in Human Behavior


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I haven’t had time to blog as much as I’d hoped. So here’s one for now. The weirdest email I received in 2016.

Please enjoy.

Let me sum this one up for you.

Elizabeth (full name and email address obviously not mentioned here) emails me to say that I (Debbie Levitt) am an instructor at General Assembly.

Elizabeth found one of my blog posts where I mentioned that I was NOT an instructor at General Assembly but that I recommended them and heard good things. My point in that post was to recommend them without people thinking I’m biased in any way.

Elizabeth then says that, “Full disclosure and trust is very important to” her. Yes, me too! That’s why I’ve always said I have never worked for General Assembly.

Elizabeth writes, “Was disappointed to find out that your company would rather manipulate potential customers, rather than be honest. I will no longer be frequenting the site.”

I’m not an instructor at General Assembly. Never was.

Interviewed for it twice but they had previous instructors return and said they didn’t need me… but they keep looking at my LinkedIn profile. 🙂

GA is not on my LinkedIn as past or present work experience. They’ve never hired me to do anything.

I’m recommending GA based on hearing good things about them but wanted to know people I wasn’t recommending them because I work there (and recommending them lines my pockets). Elizabeth would like that!

According to Elizabeth, I am manipulating potential customers (Ptype’s or GA’s? not sure) because in my blog I am (I guess) not telling you the truth when I say I wasn’t a GA instructor.

So let me say this again.

I have never taught at General Assembly.

I have spoken at non-GA events held at GA. I have spoken at Meetup.com meetings that used GA space. I have mentored at startup competitions that used GA as meeting space.

I have never been a GA instructor. Even if Elizabeth is sure she was aware that I was.

I just Googled this.

I just Googled this and found something very strange. GA lists me as an instructor… of an Axure class I was going to hold in Los Angeles but cancelled. It never happened but the old page is still up.

I was going to be your “Axure instructor” at a workshop I scheduled at GA but had to cancel.

Oy.

I’m still not a GA instructor. I don’t teach anything there and never have. I’ve emailed GA to see if they can take that weird reference down. No reason to list me as an instructor for an Axure workshop that was scheduled years ago but never happened. They took the page down without question.

And how sad that someone believed that over me saying I’ve never taught there! Still true: I’m not and never have been a GA instructor. I would have been your Axure workshop instructor had the class happened! But it didn’t.

Strange.

Strange to watch someone not believe me for telling the truth, but that feels kinda 2016. 🙁

So enjoy the weirdest email I received in 2016. Bests to you too, Elizabeth.

Sorry me telling the truth made you lose trust for me. But hey, it’s the truth. I’ve never worked for GA and if I recommend them, it’s unbiased because I’m not now and have never been an instructor there.

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