I was in New York City recently to do a presentation for a Training Magazine sponsored event. As I was riding up the elevator, a young man looked me in the eye, smiled, stuck out his hand, and said hello to me using my name.
My first reaction was – OK, how did he know who I was? I have no idea who this guy is, but he sure seems to know me.
You know how sometimes when you go to a conference and forget to take your nametag off – and you’re caught off guard when someone calls you by your name? So I immediately looked down at my lapel – and duh, no name tag, I hadn’t even signed in yet.
He explained to me that he recognized my picture from the event brochure, and introduced himself as Sam Parker. I wasn’t sure what he did, but I noticed he had this kind of positive, confident, and authentic way about him.
Afterwards, he told me he’s an author, and founder of a company called Give More Media. And true to his company name, he gave me a copy of his recent booklet, called Smile and Move. It turns out I’m very familiar with one of his other publications, 212 the extra degree. I heard about 212 from our sales managers - they use the video and books as a way to fire up the sales troops. I told him I’d take a look at it and possibly mention it in my blog. I actually don’t do many book reviews – I’ll use them for contests, but don’t take the time to read and review each one. So I was really just being polite.
I read Smile and Move on the plane on the way home and really liked that little booklet. It’s a simple message – to be happy and do something – but described in a way that both inspires and instructs. And having even just briefly met the author gave it added credibility. Sam did what he wrote about- he made an impression on me with his positive attitude, and moved on the opportunity to talk to me about his book.
Here’s an excerpt, with a good Thanksgiving message:
So many of us are lucky in some way. Some, even more so.
Occasionally, we'll have moments that remind us of our luck.
The positive moments...
- Our work is recognized as meaningful by a colleague, manager, or customer.
- A good friend or family member calls and brightens our day, reminding us of the wonderful people in our lives.
- We're finally able to buy that special thing we've always wanted.
- We'll see someone who appears less fortunate, or hear of a friend losing a job.
- We'll see someone working in a job that seems physically difficult, or learn of a friend or colleague's new illness.