I was in the airport VIP lounge en route to Seattle a couple of weeks ago.
While in there, I noticed Bill Gates sitting comfortably in the corner, enjoying a drink. I was meeting a very important client who was also flying to Seattle , but she was running a little bit late.
Well, being a straightforward kind of guy, I approached the Microsoft chairman, introduced myself, and said, “Mr. Gates, I wonder if you would do me a favor.”
“I’m sitting right over there,” pointing to my seat at the bar, and I’ m waiting for a very important client. Would you be so kind when she arrives as to come walk by and just say “Hi Tom?”
I shook his hand and thanked him and went back to my seat. About ten minutes later, my client showed up. We ordered a drink and started to talk business. A couple of minutes later, I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Bill Gates.
“Hi, Tom,” he said.
I replied, “Shut up, Bill, I’m in a meeting.”