In this post, I talk about my first mess-up in the law office at which I work. I admit this may sound trivial to a reader–it certainly does to me now–but I lost at least a few minutes of sleep over it. I hope others who read can learn from my mistake!
During my first week at my internship at the Florida State Attorney’s Office, I was introduced to many new faces, all of whom had names. In fact, those faces still have those very same names, which is where my problem lies. A few days into the internship, a secretary in the office asked me to deliver a file to an attorney named Linda. The name Linda was still spinning somewhere in the clutter of names without any secure attachment to a face. With the foolish confidence of a new intern, I walked up to the first person I saw and asked, “Excuse me–would you happen to know where Linda is?”, to which she replied, “I am Linda.” This was pretty awkward at first, but I was fortunately able to get over this awkwardness and develop a good working relationship with Linda.
I’m sure everyone meets a lot of new people in the first days of their internship, and if I can offer any advice, it would be to really listen and pay attention when people tell you their names, rather than just going through the motions. Obviously, though, it’s impossible for most of us to memorize every piece of information presented to us, which makes my second piece of advice the following: if you are looking for a person whose name you do not know, ask someone, whose name you do know, who that person is.