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Top Talker: 4 Reasons NOT To Quit A Job This Way! (VIDEO)


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Top Talker:
4 Reasons NOT To Quit A Job This Way! (VIDEO)

 

Nearly a decade ago, I was doing my job as one of the anchors on the CBS early show. I was preparing for the show, which would be broadcast live to the country in a few hours when I noticed a reminder on my calendar. It was a meeting with the president of CBS news and it was not one I set up.

The date was Dec 2nd.

Needless to say I did the show with a knot in my stomach; I could barely concentrate. Why?

Because I knew I was going to be fired.

 

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Knowing that did not stop me from being a professional; I did the job, just as I had done the previous 4 years even though I felt like throwing up the entire 120 minutes.

I went across town and sure enough, my bosses told me I was fired. Just like that. Anyone who’s been in a crisis knows how crazy it is when you’re in the middle of it, how time slows WAAAY down. My experience was no different. I did manage to hold back the tears, thank them for the opportunity they afforded me the past 4 years and walk out. When I got back to my office, I cried. I got home and cried some more.

But it wasn’t over; see I still had 3 more weeks on the job. I went in every single day, held my head up high and on December 22nd (two weeks before my scheduled preventive double-mastectomy) I said good-bye to viewers.

My exit from that high profile gig and the work I have done to rebuild my career and brand since then, are among the things I am most proud of.

And that’s just one of the reasons the story of the Alaska TV reporter who dropped an “F” bomb on air while quitting, bugs me so much.

Related: My Target Moment: How I Left TV News Behind

Charlo Green, after reporting on the legalization of marijuana, revealed herself to be the owner of a cannabis club (ethics anyone?) before quitting on air.

I have serious reservations about even showing this video because I don’t want to give Greene any more publicity. But take a look anyway.

 

 

My own experience is just one of the reasons this hacks me off so much. But here are 3 more reasons (well they’re actually people) not to leave a job like this.

 

1. Amy Montalvo - OnePass Productions

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Years ago (and I do mean YEARS) ago, I was Amy's mentor. After she worked in a couple of TV News jobs, she realized it was not for her. She told me what she really wanted to do was make a difference by telling stories of people making a difference around the world. So I suggested she get a camera, editing equipment and get going. And with no flash or glory, she quietly quit her job and has spent the past several years pursuing her life's work.

You know what? She IS making a difference. And let me take this opportunity to ask you to follow and like her on Facebook and Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. Joyce Andres

    September 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I can’t imagine them firing you! You were always professional and upbeat…They lost an awesome employee that day…their loss!

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