Have ever imagined meeting Barrack Obama and taking a selfie with him and just telling him how much you adore him and are following in their footsteps? /
We had that similar experience with our role model in the health care field, a father, global leader a visionary person and a big influence on universal health care coverage, the CEO of Amref health Africa,Dr Githinji Gitahi. We have for a long time followed his works listened to his talks and finally we got the chance to meet him in person and just to share two minutes of his time.
Leta talk about our 2-minute experience with the doctor and what quick lessons we learnt from him.
So the doctor was coming out of a heated and content based plenary session at the ASBC conference on the second day of the conference and we pursued him and made it our aim to at least just great, if not wave at the doctor. On meeting him we were surprised he knew us, this led to a short conversation identifying ourselves and having a meet ang greet with him. You could tell from the team at Stowelink there was a mixture of shock excitement and joy. We quickly shared our brief bio and shared the fact that we had qualified for a scientific conference organized by Amref health Africa however we lacked means of sponsoring ourselves to the conference. He quickly offered us a solution and gave us his card into which we follow up with him on the email.
Three things we learnt about this meet up
Humility is royal.
The doctor was so humble and he addressed us for two minutes, without divided attention and with patience, making other people even bigger and more important than ourselves have to wait for the 2 minutes. This reminds me of a quote that says TREAT THE STREET SWEEPER WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF RESPECT YOU WOULD TREAT THE PRESIDENT WITH and this we saw with the doctor.
The 30 sec pitch
Our interaction with the doctor was a success because we were able to introduce ourselves and say what we do in the first 30 seconds, this is particularly important for individuals and organizations running small enterprises to know how to perfect this pitch. We continue to practice this at Stowelink to ensure we don’t lose critical opportunities like this.
Never give up, keep pushing
When taking to the doctor, we grasped the opportunity to present our issue on the AHAIC conference in Rwanda and the challenges we were facing. The fact that he offered us a solution proved to us that we should not be afraid of asking for help when we need it. And this goes even to the times when you need to ask for consultation, ideas, or just get people’s opinions on your projects. Ask people, that’s how people grow.
Overall we really enjoyed our interaction with the doctor and we are looking forward to future in-depth interactions with the doctor.
Lets change lives
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