During a recent Midwest Speakers Bureau Showcase, something where professional speakers are given (in this case) twelve minutes to impact a room full of professional meeting planners...he didn't interact much with the other speakers in the room.
Dave Sanderson was getting ready to speak. He was focused on his craft. He didn't want to be distracted. However, my first thought was that he, perhaps, thought better of himself than his fellow speakers I was wrong.
Following his speech we sat down together and I opened up the conversation by saying, "Are those (shoes) Allen Edmonds?" Dave looked at me smiled and said, "Yes, the best huh?" We had a nice conversation about being well dressed, the value in buying high quality products and staying focused.
You know that old saying, "You can't judge a book by it's cover."? I truly enjoyed the time we spent together. I learned another lesson along with staying...focused. Oh, his story? Ever hear about "The Miracle on the Hudson"? Dave was part of that adventure. Go ahead...have a look.
(Photo Credit: Dave holding a photo of Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger holding the child Dave helped save - Diane Crone - West Des Moines. You can click to enlarge.)