The Time I Met Daniel Pink: An Embarrassing Story

Part 2: The Time I Met Daniel Pink: An Embarrassing & Awkward Story

If you haven't read Part 1 on the Peter-Out Principle click here. →

One of my roles at Disney was as a VIP Tour Guide, hosting executives, dignitaries and celebrities while at the parks. I was unflappable: really famous ones didn’t intimidate me and I refrained from freaking out over people or getting lost for words. I kept my cool and I was proud of that.  

One time, I did tell my guest and his wife that I had posters of him on my bedroom wall when I was a teenager. But I was happy to share this tidbit rather than being embarrassed.

Fast forward years later..... I am at a conference and the keynote speaker is Daniel Pink.

 Look at me so proud and with that 2 finger Disney point and all!

Look at me so proud and with that 2 finger Disney point and all!

His picture never graced my walls, but I have his books. I learned that books are more powerful than airbrushed posters when it comes to making me tongue tied!

Let me gush on a little bit about Daniel Pink. He has been named one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world. He has one of the top 10 most-watched Ted Talks. He is the author of five books and writes about a time he almost threw up on Vice President Al Gore (Pink served as a speech writer for him). I like that kind of honesty. What I love most about his work is it research based. This may help you understand why I got tongue tied!

A book signing was being held after his keynote address, and I had one of his books with me for the occasion. When it was my turn to give him my name to sign my book, I froze. Tongue tied. I held up my name badge so he could read it because I was unable to utter a sound. I finally found my voice after what seemed like an eternity and blurted out something about the Peter-Out Principle from his book, Free Agent Nation. He stopped signing my book mid-signature, looked up and asked me a question about it. I stumbled over myself with what I hoped was a coherent answer, but it was more probably something crazy. I have no recollection of what I managed to eke out.

 Me saying something crazy and one of us looks really scared... 

Me saying something crazy and one of us looks really scared... 

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What I really wanted to ask him was about if he needs any contractors to help research his next project.  That totally didn't happen.  Something for next time…..

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