|Wheee! An Icelandic with great hair!|
We got to the meeting and I was waaaaaaayyyyyy over caffeinated from getting up early and downing 4 cups of coffee while practicing/perfecting my presentation. When I started in to my presentation, I could hear that my voice was a little tense. To illustrate a particular point I shared an anecdote from one of my equestrian experiences, and the key contact from the company we were presenting to stopped me.
"You're an equestrian? What discipline? What breed is your horse?"
Well, I certainly wasn't expecting the conversation to go in that direction! I answered him, and so began a 10 minute discussion of his former boss, who happened to breed Icelandic horses. We chatted about the Icelandic horse, it's origins, how Iceland does not allow horses to be imported into the country and does not allow exported horses to return, and the two extra gaits the breed possesses, the tölt and the flugskeið. (please don't ask me how to pronounce the second one - I haven't a clue!)
My colleagues sat there, completely at a loss as to how the conversation had gotten away from them and without a clue as to how to get it back on track. After a few more minutes of horse talk the client and I returned to the business at hand and the presentation went off without a hitch. I have to admit all the talk about horses calmed my nerves, and I was much more relaxed when I began to present.
Isn't it funny how bizarrely easy it is to make a connection with someone when talking about horses? I mean, how random was that?
Have you ever had an experience like that? Connecting with a total stranger over the subject of horses?