In July of 2012, in Denver I met Lori Ruff, someone who set the course of my social media efforts on a new and better path. She wound up doing the same with my personal life as well.
It was the first of several networking events I attended that were organized by Ken McArthur, producer of The Impact Factor. I was just one of many participants, but I quickly developed a kinship with her. She was clearly one of the “heavy hitters,” judging by the way she was regarded by everyone else.
Yet there she was…playing along, eager to try out my signature move: juggling. See photo above.
Without any thought of quid pro quo or payment, she quickly and quietly became my advocate. I wound up doing a spontaneous public training in the group (someone shouted out, “bring that juggling guy up on stage!”).
That was Lori’s doing, though she’s unlikely to admit it.
Several months later, in Philadelphia I was actually scheduled to be on stage, doing a TED style talk on the subject of juggling (of course) and how it relates to personal and business development.
And a few months after that, an hour long presentation that launched several awesome professional affiliations.
The common denominator? Lori Ruff.
There’s a thing that happens with many speakers and trainers. They start to believe their own press.
Not that it isn’t real. Anyone who gets up on stage consistently has to be delivering the goods. They inspire. Or they sell. Usually both. Otherwise they aren’t invited back.
Lori is up on stage. Often.
But she always makes it about them. About us. Not about her.
And yet I still know she’s one of the top ten most influential women in social media, according to Forbes Magazine.
And maybe that’s because she’s so focused on the success of those around her.
And yeah, she’s physically challenged. Rheumatoid arthritis has taken a real toll on her body.
True to fashion, she’s made it one of her primary causes.
Strength comes from a lot of different sources. A body that commands attention and admiration is one of them.
So is a body of work that educates and inspires.
If you develop your desire, your skills, your passion to serve…
Don’t be surprised if you feel a tap on your shoulder.
And find a woman with a walking cane and a set of juggling balls in her hand. smiling at you.
And by the way, Lori Ruff is one of our guest trainers on Release The Hounds!