Aahh... I love a great story. This one came in the form of an email today. Enjoy.
Thanks, Bev, for sharing.
I was in your ASTD Monthly Meeting presentation and have to tell you how RIGHT ON this is! I started trying it out that week with the conversations around a Scottish children's book. It is written and witty. I need an illustrator! It is called "The Terrible Tenor" (tenor drumming is my hobby). So right away, I opened it up in conversations ---new for me---and the universe showered me with ideas and connections. NOW one of the people I shared with is on a Native American Council and we're talking about a cultural SERIES. Plus she suggested I check with Art School students for low-cost illustration. WOWEE!!!
I train therapists in couples therapy (Gottman Method- Dr. John Gottman). In March we had trainees who were from Ft. Lewis. We've had a huge breakthrough in conceptualizing where our educational product sales & outreach to VA/Military couples and families should meet. How did it start to take fire? I FINALLY had lunch with an associate I've known by phone for 2 years. Guess what?! She is a military spouse, soon-to-be therapist, personally used Gottman Method when her husband came back from Iraq to help their marriage and has a HUGE interest in helping us. This sparked ANOTHER conversation I had with our Products Manager about our united new front. For the past TWO DAYS our products department has been flooded with requests from---guess who--many military bases and we've not "officially" even implemented the plan yet. BUTTERFLY EFFECT!!
When it clicks and has passionate, positive people involved, this BREAKTHROUGH process is UNREAL!! It's like butter melting, like magic, like the perfect Americano coffee!!!
You know, I believed you...but this is like being on a roller coaster. Now I BELIEVE. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Keep spreading the good word!
Helping Seriously Swamped Leaders since 2001
P.S. You are welcome to quote me!
OK, I did. I see the butterfly effect more as a smooth soy mocha, but to each her own! Did you pick up the fact that Bev needs an illustrator? Let me know if you want me to make the connection.
Hey Bev, I love your signature too - Helping Seriously Swamped Leaders - because there are no shortage of these!
Breakthroughs occur out there. Go flap.