I recently met with a dear friend from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and it’s a good thing we are two positive, stay away from the snarky comments and gossip kind of women! Let me explain how a nosey waiter really reminded me what a small world it truly is, and also to be careful of what you are saying because you never know who’s listening!
We were catching up over lunch at a local restaurant and conversation soon led to my work as a motivational speaker. When I mentioned my next event was speaking at Purdue University for their foodservice employees, the waiter just happened to be re-filling our water. He inserted himself into the conversation asking what I did for a living. So I told him that I inspire audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. I also said that I’m not limited to, but speak a lot in the world of foodservice. Just then, a man eating lunch alone next to us spoke up.
“I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation but do you know my brother? He does that too!” What are the odds that I would know his brother who lives in Salt Lake City who does staff training for a restaurant chain? Pretty slim. So I explained that I don’t work for a specific company, but I typically speak at conferences and conventions. Then, he told me that his brother was the past president of CHART which is the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers. Well, that got my attention and I immediately looked at my contacts on my phone and there was his brother's name. Yes, he was part of the committee that hired me to deliver a keynote address at their conference a year ago! I called his brother on the spot and asked why he hadn’t called his brother lately.
We really had a good laugh over this. It really is a small world. But the lesson here is to really be careful about what you say and who you say it to. Imagine if I had been gossiping or complaining and griping and then I meet the brother of a past client? I cringe at the thought.
I am thinking of my colleague and friend Colette Carlson who has a message about speaking your truth. I’m am grateful that my truth is pretty positive and I should keep it that way, just in case someone else is listening!
From your living in a small world motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman