Thursday, May 20, 2010

Words Go A Long Way

People often wonder what gave former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno such a magnetic personality. I met Mr. Bruno face-to-face exactly once. It was at an outdoor event where I was engaged in conversation with one of Bruno's aides. Suddenly, the Senator appeared, and the aide, who obviously wasn't expecting Bruno, stumbled through a hasty introduction. As I shook hands with Bruno, his warmth and charm were immediately apparent as we exchanged pleasantries. He asked me who I worked for, and "how is your family." It wasn't hard to see how a gentlemen so well-known for injecting the magic words "thank-you" when warranted in interacting with others has such a level of charisma.

Sometimes it is serendipity that becomes a factor, or maybe timing, or maybe just a genuine concern that telegraphs through to the heart of its target. That happened once when US President Bill Clinton spoke with the leader of North Korea: ""What President Clinton said on the plane ride home was that Kim Jong Il told him, 'You were the first person who reached out to me when my father ... died, even before my allies. I've always remembered that and I've always respected you for that and I've always wanted to meet you.'" Words that were remembered as if they were etched in stone. Words that carried.
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