I recently celebrated a birthday, and I decided to go to my first baseball game in Colorado. I moved here from DC about 4 ½ years ago, and it just so happened that the Rockies were playing the DC Nationals. The friend who joined me also moved here from DC. Torn between which teams to root for, we decided to root for both of them, which probably confused everybody around us.
During the 8th inning, the dance contest started. I spied a camera nearby and looked around. No one in our section was dancing. So I grabbed by friend and we started dancing. I fully recognize that I have no rhythm, so I tried to keep it smooth. (Think of the directions that Will Smith gave Kevin James in the movie, “Hitch.” I was snapping fingers and moving my feet back and forth.) And then I looked up on the Jumbo Tron – and we were on there! I immediately lost all of my “coolness” and started jumping around like a maniac. I tried to go back to dancing again, but I had lost whatever rhythm I had. I was nothing but gangly arms and klutzy feet. But it was entertaining for everyone to watch.
AND WE WON THE DANCE CONTEST!!! I laughed and laughed about it for the rest of the game.
I also happened to be wearing a bright orange shirt. So when we left the game after the Rockies had triumphantly won, and as we walked a few blocks down the street, people kept asking us if we had won the dance contest, and what did we win (which was a $50 oil change). It was a riot!
And today, I hopped on my client calls and a few folks asked about my birthday. I shared the story with them and everyone had a good chuckle. It was a good reminder to me to show more of my personality when I work. I’m usually overly professional and straight to the point. I’m just trying to make good use of my clients’ time, and I sometimes forget that there’s a personal aspect to the work, too. In fact, a lot of the work is personal, and not just data and research. So maybe I’ll start asking everyone to share their dance moves during all of my meetings from here on out. It could be a great way to get to know one another even better, and break down those professional walls.