A few months back, I had a very strange experience during a sales meeting. About half way through my pitch, the power to the entire building shut down. It was so pitch black in the boardroom, I couldn’t see my hands in front of my face. So I logically asked everyone if they wanted me to stop and come back next time I was in town or continue on?
Surprisingly, they wanted me to power on as a few people had pulled out their cell phones providing just enough light to make out basic shapes in the room. I finished my pitch over the next 15 minutes filled with laughter, and then went on my merry way.
It doesn’t end there and gets stranger…
The following week when I was preparing to send the ‘Meeting in the Dark’ participants some follow up material, I though of a really cool gift I had come across before to include with their package. I sent along four eco-friendly wind up flash lights with a little note making fun of the experience. The note also said the flash lights were in case they again found themselves in a meeting in the dark.
I though that was the end of the story, until I recently was on another business trip in the area and happened to meet up with one of the infamous blackout participants for a coffee. During our meeting he told me about a week after our initial black out meeting, lightning struck a transformer that again knocked out the power to their building. Although they weren’t in a meeting at the time, they again had to use cell phones to make their way around the office. He figured he would take off early, but his assistant reminded him their was a bubble package on his desk he might want to check out first. To everyone in the offices extreme surprise when he opened the package, there were the wind-up flashlights we sent just a few days earlier.
I couldn’t even make this stuff up if I tried.