2. Sharon 54330
3. Jon Housknecht
4. Michael Ray Hopkin
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.
I was tagged by Lisa, from HR Thoughts. I’m honored.
Here’s the rules:
Thanks AP for pointing me to this awesome video. It's about 5 minutes, with a good soundtrack.
Does it scare the living @#&% out of you or get you excited about the possibilities?
Here's one more "did you know". Thanks Molly, from the Delaware Employment Law Blog, for selecting Great Leadership as one of your favorite blogs on leadership and management. Twice.