I first met my good friend Ed at one of my networking workshops on August 19th, 2004. He came up to me afterwards and said he'd heard of my nametag idea years before, but wanted to introduce himself in person.
Ever since then, we've shared countless lunches, book idea brainstorms, networking opportunities and a valuable friendship for which I am extremely grateful.
Now, check this out: almost one year later, I had the opportunity to give a speech to Ed's company, as per his recommendation. Right before the program began Ed said, "Hey, do you see that guy over there in the blue shirt? That's Denny. He's the guy that first told me about your website before we met."
"Really? I don't recognize him. Can you introduce me?"
We walked over to Denny. He stuck out his hand and said, "Nice to see you again Scott!"
Where do I know this man from? I wondered.
"Denny, I'm sure we've met before, but could you please remind me where?"
"Oh, you don't remember?" he grinned, "yeah it was about 3 years ago at a Dierberg's Grocery store in St. Louis. I saw you walking around the aisles wearing a nametag, so I asked, 'Hey Scott - what the hell are ya doin with that nametag?' And after you told me, I checked out your site and showed it to Ed. Small world, huh?"
Ha! A small world, indeed.
Maybe Mickey Mouse was right.
LET ME ASK YA THIS...
What's your best "small world" story?
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Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
Thursday, June 23, 2005