Friday, December 30, 2016

Me and Mr. Donald Reinertsen

I will be showing you the time cards for how much time is left to speak from the back of conference hall, is that ok? - I asked consciously. 

"Noopur, I am the first one to speak today. I have equal responsibility to keep the schedule as per the plan, like you as an organiser. It is my responsibility too. You please do your job of showing time cards without worries. I will keep a check on time" He replied smilingly.

This is Mr Donald Reinertsen. Lovingly we call him, Don.

My interaction with him had been a learning experience. I found him extremely humble; a person who doesn't boast about himself; whose ideas speaks for him.

Mr Donald Reinertsen is;

1. Situationally Aware : A day before to the conference, we learned that it is Bandh in Bangalore. We were worried for a lot of stuffs, from operations to execution of the event. Amidst all this, Don has understood the situation, woke up early and reached the venue early in the morning to avoid any hassles and to boost our confidence. Being the Keynote of the event, he had been situationally aware and used his emotional intelligence at that time.

He began his speech with, "Namastey, Kaise hain aap?' which is so rare to hear even from the Indian speakers nowadays.

2. Don Puts Others First : He was going to speak at first on Day 2 of the event. Being the host, I usually ask speakers to reach 10 minutes before their session to be ready. To my shock, Don had reached half an hour early to me and had given me enough time to set up his session. I was in complete awe with this gentleman.

The 2-3 days interaction with Don has left me with a lot of things to carry in my life.

There is a long list of how he affected me - coming soon!

Keep reading this space.

Noopur :)

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