To all of you that so generously supported my book launch last week, THANK YOU!
I appreciate you so much and wouldn’t trade you for fried plantains! Lol Today, I have a really good story for you that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!
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As you know, an integral part of my work is Speaking engagements.
And so when I was invited to meet with a man who was allegedly supposed to hire me for a Speaking engagement, I was stoked!
The man was probably about 48 years old, average build, Caucasian.
You know, your regular white guy that you would expect to see in Indiana.
I arrived at the meeting and, at first, we were having a fairly routine type of conversation.
Towards the end of the conversation; however, things took an interesting turn when I asked the man to tell me a little bit more about the audience.
He explained that the audience would likely be all-male, business owners and that they were mid-lower income earners by the standards of our state.
So I said:
“Are you sure that they’re ready for this?”
What I meant by that statement was:
“Are you sure that these mid-lower income earners are in a financial position to implement the ideas that I would be sharing?”
He must have heard something completely different because his response to me was
“You know, you make a good point. Maybe they’re not ready for this. Maybe they’re not ready for a black woman to come and speak to our group”
I kid you not. True story
How do you think I reacted to this? Lol
When he said that, I paused and said
“hmnnn that’s interesting”
…and I didn’t say anything else.
I guess he took that as an invitation to keep going so he told me more.
He told me a lot more.
We ended up sitting there for another hour or two and talked about everything and anything.
We talked about so many different topics that you would normally never speak to a stranger about. And honestly, I think it was a conversation worth having.
I’m sharing this mostly because of Starbuck’s recent #RaceTogether campaign, their attempt to make a difference by starting hard conversations. So I’m curious.
- Have you ever had an unexpectedly deep conversation?
- What would you have done if you were in my shoes?