Wait – Aren’t You Somebody Famous?

Recently I attended a conference in a Florida city where I was an attendee. I was not one of several motivational speakers who presented throughout the day long event. In fact, since it was a rather small, local event, I didn’t know anyone except one of the speakers I came there to support – and no one knew me.

At one point my speaker friend introduced me to another one of the women speakers, telling her that I was also a professional speaker.  The woman looked at me without smiling and said, “What’s your topic.”  I replied, “I help people communicate more effectively with themselves and others in order to get what they want out of life.”  She looked back, with no emotion and said, “Communication, right. That’s nice.”  Then she walked away. Just like that. No “Nice to meet you,” “Where are you from?” “Peace be with you.”  Nothing.

I sent all of the speakers a quick email after their presentations to acknowledge them and to thank them for their contribution to the event.  Apparently when I did, the woman I had the encounter with clicked on my website to see who I was and well, how can I put this, her toned changed. She emailed me back, ooohing and ahhhhing and praising my videos, client list, etc., telling me that she would like to learn from me.

And that got me to thinking. Do I ever do that? Do I ever meet someone and subtly dismiss them with my actions?  Assuming that, for whatever reason, I don’t NEED to know them so I can just move on? I pray to God I don’t.  But I know what I could do to make CERTAIN that I don’t.

From now on, every time I meet someone new I’m going to treat them like they are someone famous – like how I’d treat Tom Hanks, or Angelina Jolie or George Clooney.  I certainly wouldn’t dismiss any of them with, “You’re an actor, right. That’s nice.” – and walk away.  I’d shake their hand with conviction, look them straight in their eyes and smile like a crazy person.  I’d say, “tell me more about you.” And then I’d listen like I was really, really interested in what they had to say.

Wow. Don’t you think that if we all did this when we met someone new – it could make people feel really good? AND open the door to some great relationships?  And who knows – they just MIGHT be really famous!

From your star-struck motivational speaker, Linda Larsen






Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Great post Linda! That is one of my pet peeves too. And I see a lot of Motivational speakers treat people this way. And there is just no excuse for it. Thanks for the reminder that everybody deserves our kindness.  And, no, you never do that.  It’s just not in you.

  2. Agree with Kelly. You couldn’t do that Linda because it’s not who you are. I believe there are people who are genuinely interested in others (you) and then there’s people who are only interested in what another can do for them. Another beautiful reminder to all of us, motivational speaker or not, to be gracious when meeting another.

  3. My friends are right, it’s just not in you to do this.  And, Kelly is right – some other motivational speakers do this and it drives me nuts!  I went to a speakers event and the speaker on stage was giving really sage advice – advice that I use to this day.  He even told us not to do the “look over the shoulder of the person you’re talking to to see if there is another person more important”. Then, believe it or not, he did it to me.  I waited like a groupie to shake his hand and write when he went to say hello to me, he saw a guy who was a past president behind me and ignored me and literally reached over me to shake his hand and receive his congratulations.  I felt like an idiot.  Like an insignificant gnat.  So, like you Linda, I pray to God that I treat everyone with honor and respect, regardless of who is behind them. 

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