A funny thing happened on the way to the coffee shop.
Heading out the door to have coffee with a potential client whom I hadn’t yet met, I checked my phone and noticed he had texted me.
“I’m wearing a blue shirt” it read.
“I’m wearing an orange coat,” I texted back hastily.
Hurrying down the street I heard the ping of a text message.
“Hahahaha great” it read.
Uh, oh…What had I written?
“I’m wearing an orange B-O-A-T”
Now those of you who know my orange coat can easily testify to the fact, that reconfigured, it could serve a small child in that capacity.
But back to my story…
Arriving minutes later, amused but a bit chagrined at my mistake, I explained to him my slip-of-the-finger from C to B.
I detected a flicker of disappointment on his face and realized he had seen it not as a mistake at all but as a thoroughly playful choice.
Oh, I do love coaching creative people!
So now, in the full spirit of creativity and fun, when we meet I text ahead.
“I’m wearing a pink parrot,” or
“I’m wearing a black Bugatti.”