Networking HQ BLOG with Larry James

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Talk in Elevators

Filed under: Communication,Networking — Larry James @ 8:30 am

Talk in elevators. We don’t do that very often, do we? I do. It’s fun. Make it a game. I once got in an elevator with a group of four gentlemen. I listened to their conversation for a couple of floors and it became apparent they were attorneys. I was standing at the front of the elevator facing them. When there was a break in the conversation, I told them one of my attorney friends died recently.

TalkInElevatorsI told them that when he arrived at the gates of heaven, Saint Peter greeted him. The attorney said, “Saint Peter, there must be some mistake!” to which Saint Peter replied, “No mistake, you made it! You really are in heaven!” “Oh, no” the attorney replied, “I didn’t mean that. I’m only forty years old. I’m too young to die. I shouldn’t be here yet.” Saint Peter looked through his papers to see if there had been a mistake. He found the attorney’s name on the roll and told him, “Sorry, there’s been no mistake. According to your billable hours, you are eighty years old.” They all laughed, the elevator door opened and we all got off on the first floor.

When I speak, I often tell this story.

Several months later, I spoke at a regional meeting of the American Marketing Association. When the meeting was over, a man came up to me and said he had heard me speak before. I asked him if he remembered where. He was one of the attorneys in the elevator.

He put me in touch with the meeting planner of an state-wide organization he belonged to and they later hired me for a seminar.

Networkers! Be friendly. Have something nice to say to everyone. You never know what can come from it. Do something more than watch the numbers go by or look at your shoes when you are in elevators! It can be profitable.


Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. Adapted from Larry’s latest book, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! Larry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Networking Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. Something NEW about Networking is posted on this Networking BLOG every 4th day! Visit Larry’s Networking Website at: “Networking HQ!”

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1 Comment »

  1. Seems so obvious but takes effort to do. Great story, Larry!

    Comment by Randy Keith — Saturday, October 26, 2013 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

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