Had the privilege of doing a fun keynote for the Magnolia ISD Student Leadership Graduation Banquet on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Magnolia, Texas — about 40 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
It was for high achieving high school students, parents of 11th graders, and staff and administrators.
To my surprise, Congressman Kevin Brady and I were seated next to each other during dinner and had a great time swapping fun stories. Congressman Brady chairs the Means Committee in Congress.
What impressed me most about him, though, is that he is a “There YOU are!” not a “Here I am!” kind of guy.
His district director Heather Washburn did a photo opt of us while we were chatting after my presentation. She later shared the photos below via email with me, putting a BIG smile on my face.
The most important person in the room to Congressman Brady was the one standing in front of him. He treated everyone that way throughout the evening. He reminded me of Southwest Airlines Co-founder Herb Kelleher and Fred Rogers from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.
I had the pleasure of interacting with Herb frequently at Southwest and had an unforgettable experience meeting Fred Rogers in Farmington, New Mexico.
Not only did Congressman keep the attention on others and their interests, but I also found him to be both humble and gracious. Wow. What a breath of fresh air to meet a *politician* like him.
When you choose to be a *There YOU Are Person*, those who interact with you will find you to be irresistibly attractive in your communication. You CAN do this. You’ll be glad you did and so will everyone who interacts with you.