Recently, I was asked by a new acquaintance that always-fun ice breaker: "So, what do you do?" I told them that I was an Email Marketing Manager, and send emails that help educate people about my company. Of course, the follow-up question was, "Oh, so you're a spammer?" Sadly, this is not the first (or the last) time I've had to deal with this kind of condescending reponse, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one it's happened to.

I'm curious: What's your go-to reponse when you're confronted with someone who assumes that sending email=spamming? Do you take the high road and try to educate them about how awesome email marketing really is? Do you laugh it off and move on? For me, it depends on who I'm talking to; if I think they'll actually listen and understand my explanation of what email can really do, then I'll put in the effort. Otherwise, my stock reponse is to deadpan, "Wow, that is a brand new joke I've never heard before today. So funny." And then move the conversation along.