This past weekend I had the pleasure to speak to members of the Chief Executive Organization and their spouses at a conference in Las Vegas. In the audience was a CEO of a major financial firm who was to introduce the speaker following my presentation.
As the CEO finished describing the speaker’s impressive achievements in developing Las Vegas into the entertainment, gambling and convention center mecca that it is today, he took a few minutes to add an impromptu expression of profound gratitude. He addressed the audience with, “I want to add a few more remarks that were inspired by Walter’s earlier presentation.” He proceeded to describe his heartfelt gratitude for all this man had done for him and the impact he had on him over more than two decades. It was obviously done spontaneously and he became very emotional.
It was a remarkable moment on several counts. First, it was clearly a tribute that the person was so very pleased to be able to give. Second, the recipient of his praise was also moved. Last but not least, it was a remarkable demonstration for the whole audience in not only the power of expressing gratitude but also the logic of doing it now. It was clear that the message of This Is the Moment resonated with the audience but it was doubly gratifying for me to hear it beautifully modeled within moments following my presentation.
If you had an opportunity to introduce someone who made a significant impact in your life, what would you share with the audience? What memories would come to mind? It only takes a few moments to make an impromptu and heartfelt expression of gratitude.
Reach out to someone today and make them center stage. I’d love to hear your dedication. Please share them with our gratitude community in the comments section below or share your story confidentially by clicking here .