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Cordova, TN; May 2, in the year of our Lord 2022 -- Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is continuing to be the voice of diversity in the gaming media, and media at large. It dawned on me recently that not everyone is like me. Not everyone listens. Not everyone respects others enough to pay attention to what they are saying. I had a couple of unrelated incidents occur recently that illustrated my point. One came from a prospective advertiser and another came from someone in the PR and Marketing field. In fact some of the funniest ones have come from out of touch people in PR and Marketing. Paying attention must not be a job requirement at some organizations.

The first one that came from an advertiser had me shaking my head. The conversation started like so many I get – we are interested in sponsored posts on your website. We are very impressed with that you are doing and have clients that want to reach your large audience. I gave this person the Advertise page where they could read the options, prices, current sale, and guidelines. They failed at this simple task easily. How do they read a menu at a restaurant? They immediately broke one of our guidelines and offered a way lower price. The no price negotiations reference is pretty clear. On top of that they did not read about the current sale price. I reminded them of the guidelines and the sale price. The came back again with another attempt at price negotiations. They again missed the sale price. I then copied and pasted the guidelines and sale price to educate them to what they kept missing. I also told them that we were not going to be able to do business with them because they had ignored the guidelines and were having issues reading the sales price. They came back with another price negotiation attempt. I told them again we will not do business with you, have a nice day. They come back with they won’t do business with us because our prices are too high. Which made me laugh since I had already rejected them completely, totally, and utterly.

The second instance of needing some listening training came from someone in PR and Marketing. Before I get into that I have had something hilarious happen with some people in PR and Marketing many times. They send me some advertisement story, and we send back a link to the Advertisement page for their content. They thank me for covering their story. They were not even competent enough to click on the link and realize we were telling them to pay for their advertisement if they want us to publish it. Back to the recent incident. This person sent us a really short paragraph with all kinds of links to their Kickstarter campaign. We replied back with our story on how we do not cover Kickstarter stories. They sent the same story five days in a row. We replied back with the same response (copy and paste) five days in a row. They were not capable of listening to us once. They have now checked back three times on when we are publishing this, and when we are financially contributing to them to make their dreams come true. Bad enough we are seen as slave labor. Now they want us to fund their projects as well. Again we replied back with the same response. I doubt they will ever listen because they are so self centered and self absorbed.

It would be great to be able to force some of these people into listening classes when they fail this badly again and again. Sadly I do not have the power to make it happen. What I do have is this venue to share my experiences and hopefully give you a little laugh about the poor attention to details in people I am blessed to deal with way too often.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming

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