On Thursday February 10, the Liverpool and Baldwinsville, New York Chambers of Commerce came together for a joint luncheon at a local facility, Mohegan Manor. The presidents of both Chambers spoke, and then it was on to the main speaker, Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate – www.UnshackleUpstate.com.
While the topic Brian spoke about is of importance to all of us in Upstate New York (who doesn’t want to pay less taxes of ANY sort?), when our group gets together, one of the main things we do is network, build relationships and enjoy the company of those around us.
On either side of me at our table this particular day were Alexandra Gorski from M&T Bank and Steve Herwood of WCNY.
Before the meeting started, and as we introduced ourselves to those we didn’t know, Alex and I (former strangers who – we now realize – share a common bond in being somewhat short) started talking about the coat rack that Mohegan Manor had installed in the hallway temporarily for the event … and what the heck was UP with that – literally!?
While we appreciated it was there, it had to have been placed by a rather tall individual, to say the least, who wasn’t thinking of those who are “height challenged” – like Alex and I, for instance.
Steve, a friend for years, has a unique talent in making comments and delivering amusing barbs in most any situation. And so began the humorous discussion on the height of the coat rack pole, and what the heck were they thinking?
Should Steve (a strapping young boy of over 6 feet), offer to stand and hang coats for the newly arriving height-challenged members? Should he charge a fee? Could it be a second business? Could he counsel restaurants on this important topic and make a name for himself as a Coat Rack Expert?
Or should he offer the opinion to management that a step-stool be provided at future events for the little people, like Alex and I?
I, of course, saw a funny card in all of this! So out came the trusty CoolPix camera – always in my purse for just such occasions – and pictures were taken.
When I spoke with Brian after the meeting and took his picture, his comment to me was: “Please send me the picture. That way I can prove I was REALLY here!” Little did he know what I would be sending would be a little more than just a picture.
More fun fodder for the developing card – and the thought bubbles that were going to accompany some of the pictures I was taking.
Not that any of this had anything at all to do with anything important, and certainly no reflection on the importance of the topic that day. It was just fun.
Once created a few days later, the card was sent to not only Brian, but also to Bill Pastella, President of the Liverpool Chamber, Tony Saraceni, President of the Baldwinsville Chamber, Lucretia Hudzinski, Executive Director of the Liverpool Chamber, as well as Alex and Steve.
And when these cards are received by those they were sent to – no matter what the situation is they are dealing with at the moment they open the envelopes – they will all smile. Guaranteed. It will take them away from their current reality for those few moments; they’ll smile, laugh, and show people around them. Then get back to the tasks at hand, maybe still grinning just a little bit.
In my world, this is one fun piece of the networking process. Making impressions. Building relationships. Sending cool stuff in the mail. And let’s not forget – having fun!
Who takes the time to do something this unique like this these days with instant communication, instant messaging, and instant soup? (Notice the coat rack pictured with Alex, in its own moment of glory?)
Would it surprise you to know this took very little time to do … and that I did it completely online? I never touched a piece of paper, printer or envelope, yet these folks are receiving real paper cards in the mail, complete with a stamp.
Might just set you apart if you did the same thing, mightn’t it?
Want to try it yourself? Who comes to mind as you read this? There is the recipient of your card. Go onto my site, pick a card, pull up a picture inside that you know will make someone laugh, and send it to them. On me.
Make their day, and yours!