I was told the join this forum and to utilize it as a serious sales tool to sure up some of my professional deficiencies. I was under the impression that this was a community full of professionals trading tricks and tips that would allow each user to become a more complete salesperson (yes I did know there would be some jabs thrown).
In an effort to add color context to further illustrate who I am as a person; I am a sales science fella that utilizes a series of datasets, streamlined tech stack practices, and unmatched organization to hit personal and team quotas. I am not the kind of person that has the verbal dexterity to turn on a dime... Simply put I don't have the gift of gab or a ton of social awareness and I joined this site to ask questions based on my social surroundings in the workplace (hip jargon, new trends, understanding my peers, ETC.).
In my office, they call me marbles... my colleagues tell me that it is because my big hazel eyes remind them of a marble. I fear I have inherited this nickname from the age-old saying "marbles in the mouth". I Include the above information to highlight that I do not understand when I am on the butt end of a joke.
In my last several posts I asked serious questions about a real-life situation in which I could tell
my perception of reality could be blurred. Based on advice that I received from this forum, I preemptively scheduled time with the VP of HR because everyone told me I was at risk of catching a sexual harassment case that could jeopardize a career that I worked hard to earn.
Long story short, the HR woman called my new lady colleague into her office with me. There were no ill feelings on her end and I was deemed of no wrongdoing in the eyes of HR. The crappy part is that when I later spoke to my new colleague, she told me that she did in fact ask me on a date, but would like for the office drama to die down before dipping our toes in these waters again.
My question is simple... I can take a joke, and I don't mind everyone making fun of me but should I take the advice I receive here as real sincere advice that I can apply to my professional career, or are we just out for a couple of chuckles?
As always thank you!
P.S. I'm sorry @funcoupons I didn't think I was calling you out, I thought we had fun back in forth going on. I didn't understand that you just don't like me... Eggs on my face for that one, I'm sorry I missed the mark.