It seemed too far-fetched to believe. I received an email saying, “You won’t believe this, but I heard your name being mentioned at the Great Wall of China”
It was from a man I met while hosting a lunch table a few weeks prior for an entrepreneurial event. He had told me he was going to China with a Southern-California chamber of commerce group. At the time, I knew that people from my local chamber of commerce would also be on that trip – but that the groups are kept on separate tracks so most likely wouldn’t see other chambers’ members.
I told Betty, the president of my local chamber to be on the lookout for some folks from our town who were traveling with this other chamber. Betty was pretty frazzled, getting all ready for this trip and dealing with lots of other issues – but she stored my comment in the back of her mind.
In China, apparently one group came upon another – and Betty met this couple from Bellevue, Washington, who were on the trip with the Pomona, CA Chamber of Commerce. When Betty heard this, she recalled that someone had told her about them, but couldn’t remember who. They all laughed at not thinking of the name – and went along.
Later, there was a trip to the Great Wall of China. Betty ran into the woman again who was from her town of Bellevue, Washington. Suddenly, she recalled that it was I who told her about these folks on the trip. She blurted out my name, “LORI RICHARDSON” to which the husband replied – “Yes, I know her – she told me you were coming on this trip”.
It is just funny to think that networking is happening all over the world – and that now I can say that I’m talked about from here to the Great Wall. Putting it into a business lesson – there are a couple of takeaways:
1. You never know who will run into whom – so be sure and “get your message out” through others
2. The most amazing things can happen – expect the unexpected!