Chapter 8

I spent all weekend working on a PowerPoint slide deck for my meeting with Steve this morning. Despite all that work, I wish I could have done more to prepare.

I force myself to relax, visualizing having a healthy and vigorous business discussion with him, walking out with everything I ask for. I keep reminding myself how important this is for the company and my organization. Everyone worked so hard to prepare for this and now success or failure depends on how well I can communicate it all to Steve.

Stacy smiles when I arrive and says warmly, “Go on in. I’m sorry we could only get you thirty minutes.”

I stop just inside the door, where Sarah is sitting with Steve at the table. Sarah is telling Steve, “—you did ...

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