I have broken a personal record. I have not intentionally broken this record. I have not set out with the sole purpose of accomplishing something I have never accomplished before. It has not been a personal mission. I did not wake up one morning and decide to do it.
It just happened.
Last week I met a vast amount of people. I can safely say that I have never, in my entire life, met as many people as I met last week.
I broke a personal record!
I guess working in a new environment meant it was inevitable that new people would enter my life.
I’ve lost count how many times, in the past week, I have been introduced to a stranger.
I’ve shaken hands.
I’ve said “Hello,” politely.
I've listened to strangers' names and occupations.
I've made small talk.
I've had long, intense, conversations.
I've laughed and asked questions.
I've forgotten strangers' names.
They’re an interesting bunch in my new office. There’s a designer who is also an extra on film sets, and he's appeared in films such as Gladiator and First Knight. There is an editor who has published books and appeared on television chat shows. There are scarily intelligent researchers who discuss formulas in the way I would discuss what I ate for dinner last night. There are tall people, small people, quiet people, loud people. At lunchtime I sit with a girl whose sister’s best friend is a reality television star, a star who is tragically dieing of cancer and her face constantly features in the national newspapers. I also sit with a guy who insists on relating a tennis fact every lunchtime, and fantasising about opening a restaurant selling purely boiled eggs, whilst dressed as an emu.
I’ve participated in meetings with suppliers and managers and other valuable members of the company. I’ve taken the grand tour around the warehouse and met the warehouse staff. I’ve had an induction day with other new colleagues, and the HR manager, and had team bonding sessions (I’m going to hobby craft Friday lunchtime with one of the girls I bonded with). I have met men from Denmark and women from Cambridge. I have met the project team, the branding manager, and I have attended a data projection course and met yet more people.
And then guess what happened next? One night, on my journey home from the office, I joined my friend for champagne at a bar in the city. It was her birthday and she was out celebrating with her colleagues. Yes folks, it was introduction time again!
I shook hands.
I said “Hello,” politely.
I listened to strangers' names and occupations.
I made small talk.
I had long, intense, conversations.
I laughed and asked questions.
I forgot strangers' names.
I have now met most of my friend's colleagues too.
I am a record breaker.