Ok, so I was in Chicago this week for work. It was one of those days where I woke up and went outside to have coffee on the street corner before going into the office for our team building meetings. As I am walking back in, this little baby bird falls from the sky and lands at my feet. Poor thing, I couldn't do anything for it. I go inside and start thinking that this isn't a good omen to have a bird drop dead at your feet.
I get to the office and sitting outside of our conference room is one of our key executives --- he is kind of my nemesis. He doesn't like me at all. We start our meeting and he gives us the updates to all the changes in our company -- we have bought 4 other companies in 6 months. This meeting was to bring together all of the folks from those companies to integrate the teams and build teamwork. We were to give individual presentations to our peers and have an interactive discussion. Well, once this executive found out we were giving presentations, he makes the statement that he will stay for my presentation.
I was a wreck. He writes copious notes during my presentation, asks questions, and then gets up to leave right as I am done. There went the team building aspect as he completely unnerved me and some of the other team members. Totally negated the whole point for the meeting.
Later on I had to take a car service out to the suburbs for a meeting the next day that I had with a client. (This particular client is notoriously difficult and can be extremely hard to please. I had created a new product for them and this was the meeting to present this product. Very high profile and I was nervous as hell.) So, I am standing outside of our office waiting for the car when a big black stretch limo drives up. The driver jumps out of the car and says "Are you Kelly?" He's kind of cute with that shaved head, big bodyguard kind of look.
I get into the car and start to relax. After about 1/2 hour this guy starts talking to me about everything. By the time we get to my hotel, he has told me that I am "smokin" hot and that he gets off work at 10! I didn't know what to say! I was like, "I'm married" and his response was that he didn't mind that. I laughed so hard! I thanked him for the offer but was going to have to decline.
I go check into my hotel and found out that I was the Marriott Rewards member of the day -- I was upgraded to a suite on the concierge floor, free drinks, free breakfast, and even a hotel robe that I can now fit into! It was a roller coaster of a day -- from the dead bird to being treated like a queen. Amazing.....
It didn't stop there either. The next day I do my presentation and I nail it! (With God's help) I prayed so hard to God that I could do this presentation and let it be smooth --- He came through for me. The client bought the product on the spot. Our Account Exec sent an email to my nemesis telling him how great the meeting went!
So, I get to the airport and we start boarding the plane. Here's what's too funny, when I was 17 I used a British accent to get into this club. I met this guy who loved my "accent" - I went on a date with him and a week later he sent me flowers telling me "welcome to America" -- I get on the plane in Chicago and 23 years later this guy sits down next to me and starts a conversation. Never knowing who I really was.....How crazy is that? I love how life works...
Keep losing out there! God bless you all! k