This isn’t personal. It’s just business

Written by Daniel Gregory

I am a Whidbey Island, Wa based fine-art photographer and photographic educator. I am a core faculty member of the Photographic Center Northwest, as well as an instructor for CreateLive and KeblyOne . I also regularly presents at regional and national conferences. I also the host of the weekly podcast The Perceptive Photographer which focuses on the challenges and day-to-day aspects of living as a photographer.

October 12, 2020

Episode 292

When I was younger, I worked for a high-tech startup that had to lay most of the company off to survive. They didn’t do anything but prolonged their demise, but the language used during the layoffs stuck with me. I hadn’t thought about it in a long time but recently heard someone say it when talking about photographs. The phrase used when I was laid off and in the review was This isn’t personal. It’s just business. The thing that stuck with me all these years is that it is business to the message’s sender, but nothing but personal to the receiver.

In this week’s podcast, I talk about how we get feedback and give feedback when the idea of it’s not personal is said in the process. When it comes to creative works shared, it is all personal. So when someone says it’s not personal, I feel we have a responsibility to hold someone’s feet to the fire and have them explain what they mean by that phrase. If it’s not personal, then why does it matter? In many cases, the phrase is used to help the person giving the feedback feel better about giving “bad news.” That doesn’t, however, make it right. When we talk about things that matter, they should be personal. We should not allow that phrase to be used without accountability. We should require all communication, to be honest, tactful, empathetic, and compassionate.

As always, hope you and yours are safe, and please remember to keep safe and wear your mask!

 

Gear used in the podcast

One of the questions I get asked frequently is what sort of equipment do I use to record my podcast. I have used a variety of equipment in the three years that I have been recording, but here is the current list of equipment that I am using. Also as an FYI and full disclosure, the links are affiliate links to Amazon.

Rode Procaster XLR microphone
Rode Boom Arm
Rode PSM Shockmount
All three Rode components a kit
Focusrite Scarlet 2i2
Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)
LogicPro X
Macbook Pro
OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock
Headphones

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