One of my favorite parts about the work I do is getting to watch people who are already amazing become even better in their lives and careers. I remember a client I had a few years ago who has gone on to do some really great stuff in the public sector. And it’s fun for me to get to say “I knew him back when!”
It was an unusual bit of serendipity that brought us together back then. I was still with the agency (was just starting out, in fact) and the director asked me if I would be interested in traveling for a client in Chicago. I’d been to Chicago in the past and told him I was comfortable doing it if he would make the arrangements.
It’s a peculiar circumstance to find yourself on an airplane on your way to meet a person with whom you know nothing about, have never spoken to, and may never see again. I was nervous, but I felt like I was hiding it well. All I had been told was that it was someone for whom discretion was of the highest importance. I couldn’t talk about it with my friends or family or other clients. No one. It would only be for one night, and I would fly back to NYC the next day.