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Karlie Tipton, Editorial Assistant
Photo by STEVEN WALKER
By Karlie Tipton
March 14, 2013
I never thought I would give thanks for my second job.
I am thankful for my second half a job, but sometimes it’s hard to see the bigger picture when you’re eating dinner during your twenty-minute commute from downtown to Penn Square Mall.
Mobile meals notwithstanding, I am grateful not just for the extra income from my side gig as a beauty ambassador (yes, that’s my actual title) for Bare Escentuals in Dillard’s but for the fact that it makes me better at my main gig here at Oklahoma Today.
Around the offices of late, there has been much discussion of how communication can be improved, since we are, after all, a media enterprise that lives and dies by its words.
As the editorial assistant, this is an especially vital part of my job. From writing articles and factchecking to responding to readers and helping interns, I spend every second of my work day expressing some sort of idea to someone else—okay, so not always someone else. The interns can attest that I spend some of my time talking to myself.
But no matter who the recipient may be, the ability to express myself is both my greatest asset and my greatest weakness. That’s where my other job comes in.
When you sell a good product you believe in, which is my honest opinion with regard to Bare Escentuals, selling isn’t about trying to manipulate people into spending money; it’s about explaining to the client what it is about this product that can make their lives just a little better.
When a girl sits down in one of our chairs, my task is to ask her questions, to find out what she wants out of a product, and to answer any questions or allay any fears she might have about makeup in general. At BE, we are supposed to refer to that that as “the girlfriend experience,” which I think is patronizing, but I like the spirit it attempts to convey. That phrase addresses my primary objective at BE, at Oklahoma Today, or in my life outside of work: relationship building.
As human beings, we are nothing without relationships, whether they are as long-lasting as husbands and wives or simply acquaintances with whom you make small talk for a few minutes. At the base of each and every one of those interactions is communication.
As the movie composer John Powell once said, “Communication only works for those who work at it.”
I’m thankful to be able to work at it at least a couple times a day.