You Never Know Who’s In
Always comport yourself as if
the most important person in your life’s watching
you, because they may just be doing so!
I’ve often been told that so
and so had been in the audience, after I’ve
delivered a talk or a presentation. I’ve learned to
comport myself as if the most important person in
the world’s watching me at all times, and I learned
this lesson in Thunder Bay, Ontario, back in the
I was on the road with the
band, and three of us headed to a Laundromat, to get
our laundry done. We were always joking around, and
making fun of ourselves, whether on the stage, or
off the stage. The Laundromat was mostly empty, with
the exception of the three of us, and one older man,
who was sitting alone at the other end of the room,
engrossed in his book.
We were all wearing our band
jackets, with the name of the band, “Midnite Sun,”
emblazoned on the back, and with our individual
names on the shoulders. We were goofing around, and
making fun of each other, as was usually the case.
Then I decided to give our agent a call from the pay
phone, because we’d had a cancellation for the
following week, and he was working on finding a
I spoke with him on the phone
for a few minutes, and then announced to my band
mates that after we were done in Thunder Bay, we
were off to a place called Assiniboia, in
Saskatchewan. Who’d ever heard of such a place?
Certainly not us, and so we made jokes about the
name, and how it must be a little hick town, along
with all the other wisecracks that young men
The next morning, the front
page of the newspaper held a headline that read,
“Midnite Sun En Route to Assiniboia.” The page was
split in two columns. The first column talked about
our silly antics in the Laundromat, and the second
column gave a short history about the town of
The older gentleman in the
Laundromat was a reporter, and he wasn’t reading his
book, he was writing in it. He had quoted some of
our silly wisecracks, and explained how he’d enjoyed
watching us have our fun in the Laundromat.
That evening, we broke the
all-time attendance record at the venue we were
performing in. There was a lineup of patrons wanting
to get in, and it stretched out the door and down
Similar events have happened
to me many times over the years, so I’ve learned
that you never know who’s in the audience watching
you, even when you’re not on a stage.
So, what’s the lesson? Always
comport yourself as if the most important person in
the world’s watching, because they just might be!