So, I was hoping to have this AMAZING year-end post that (a) wrapped up everything I learned in 2006, (b) left you with a poignant point to ponder or (c) was really, really funny.
But I got nothing.
It’s been the busiest, craziest, most fun and most educational year of my life. And I’m tired.
However, before I call it a year, I wanted to share one final story.
On October 20th, I received an email from a meeting planner at a Fortune 500. For the record, I changed the person’s name and sex. Here’s what it read: (emphasis mine)
I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate you into our world. Annually my group has a national meeting. In the past speakers have not really added ROI for the $$$ we pay to have them.
Have you spoken for any pharmacy companies before? Although I love your “down to earth” approach, you would have to tone that down a bit due to all of our inhouse redtape (diversity, etc.).
Jackson Green, CMP
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OK. Here’s what I wrote back to him:
Morning Jackson! Great to hear from you.
I actually just took on a new client in the pharmacy industry. Approachability is huge for reps in that arena, so I would love to be a part of your annual event.
However, while I respect the culture of your company, it’s important for you to know something: I never tone down who I am.
If you think the type of style I bring to the stage will offend people or make them uncomfortable, that’s totally cool. I understand and I don’t expect everyone to like me! But if that’s the case, then I’m probably not a good fit for your company.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Do you think he wrote me back?
LET ME SUGGEST THIS…
If someone asks you NOT to be yourself, screw ’em.
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Author/Speaker/That Guy with the Nametag