Okay, haven’t posted in a while (make that a long while) but that isn’t to say nothing is happening. Been busy with Combined Federal Campaign event activity, travels, and general life stuff.
Just a note about something I learned during the CFC time period. I went to an event in Houston to hand out material to Houston municipal employees. Really poor event. Outside, 90+ degrees, no shade, poorly attended, etc. Maybe met about 60 – 90 people. However, the flight home may have been worth it all.
I sat next to a gentleman who was genuinely curious about what we do and how. Somewhat familiar with our organization but only certain aspects. As I talked with him a very valuable lesson was driven home – You had better know your mission and a good bit about what you do. Especially if your organization has a wide reach as mine does. And better yet, you should be prepared with something that will grab the heart of your listener. Typically, I don’t talk to people when I travel on airplanes. I like to withdraw and relax. Especially after a long day of meeting people. However this was an opportunity that was placed in my path for a reason.
I don’t know what will come of that discussion. I was able to send him some follow-up information about one of our projects and since he is a person of influence he may be able to carry that out to others.
Always be prepared to tell your story.