Ever have one of those "oops" moments?

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I was just reading an interesting post over at the Fast Company blog that says, "as Mary Cantando, founder of Womenbusinessowner.com,

points out: you can learn as much from others' experience in dealing

with failure as you can from life's winners. What's more, it's often

more fun hearing that the people we admire were once as inept as the

rest of us, than hearing one more tale of superhuman derring-do."

BizBash has a bloopers page that highlights some meetings-related goofs (the most recent is a save-the-date brochure that doesn't mention the actual dates), but I'd like to hear them from you. What bad experiences have you had that others could learn from? (You can post them anonymously in the comments area below by not filling your name, etc., or e-mail me at spelletier@charter.net.)

I'll start: On a magazine I worked on long ago, we were just putting the finishing touches on the issue that was to go to the printer first thing in the morning. Then lightning struck the building, zapping every machine in the place and sending our weeks of labor into the ether. We spent the entire night recreating the magazine on the editor's home computer--it wasn't pretty. Lesson learned? Back up, back up, then back up again!

And here's a doozy of a sales blooper from Dan Seidman, who collects these stories: "Guy compliments company President on his picture of President with arm

around football great John Madden. It's not John Madden, it's the guy's

wife."

What have you learned from the school of hard knocks? Please share, so others don't have to learn the hard way, too.

I was just reading an interesting post over at the Fast Company blog that says, "as Mary Cantando, founder of Womenbusinessowner.com,

points out: you can learn as much from others' experience in dealing

with failure as you can from life's winners. What's more, it's often

more fun hearing that the people we admire were once as inept as the

rest of us, than hearing one more tale of superhuman derring-do."

BizBash has a bloopers page that highlights some meetings-related goofs (the most recent is a save-the-date brochure that doesn't mention the actual dates), but I'd like to hear them from you. What bad experiences have you had that others could learn from? (You can post them anonymously in the comments area below by not filling your name, etc., or e-mail me at spelletier@charter.net.)

I'll start: On a magazine I worked on long ago, we were just putting the finishing touches on the issue that was to go to the printer first thing in the morning. Then lightning struck the building, zapping every machine in the place and sending our weeks of labor into the ether. We spent the entire night recreating the magazine on the editor's home computer--it wasn't pretty. Lesson learned? Back up, back up, then back up again!

And here's a doozy of a sales blooper from Dan Seidman, who collects these stories: "Guy compliments company President on his picture of President with arm

around football great John Madden. It's not John Madden, it's the guy's

wife."

What have you learned from the school of hard knocks? Please share, so others don't have to learn the hard way, too.

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