I was away at a conference last weekend and I had the pleasure of listening to Kate White speak.
If you don't know Ms. White, she has been the editor in chief of five magazines, including Cosmopolitan and now is a bestselling author.
She is also an articulate and entertaining speaker.
At this particular conference, she was speaking about her writing and her new career book titled, ‘I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This (Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know).’
There were several hundred women and three men listening to her speak and when she was done her prepared speech she had time for a few questions.
The first few questions she fielded were career advice oriented or were about her writing.
Then, one woman stood up, politely thanked Ms. White for speaking and then proceeded to ask her how she kept her skin looking so great.
I couldn't decide if I was shocked, amused or disgusted.
I mean, here we were at a business conference and this woman was asking for personal beauty tips?
You can bet no man would have thought to ask this question and, I’m also willing to bet, this type of question wouldn’t have been asked at any conference predominantly populated by men either.
But, Kate White does have beautiful skin, was a feature writer and columnist for Glamour magazine and perhaps even more importantly, in her early sixties looks fabulous.
So yes, although the question was possibly inappropriate for the venue, I, like all the other women there, leaned forward slightly to make sure I heard her answer clearly.
And, I'm not sure if this makes me unprofessional, pathetic or just um, normal.
So, what about you? Do you want to know how she answered? Comment below and I'll send you an e-mail and tell you what she said.