As we reach the halfway point of our summer in D.C., I think of how to make the remaining time most meaningful. Networking is at the core of D.C., but my business cards are not going to make a lasting impression of those I have met. A persons personality, charm, and whit, is what people remember.
One day, I was headed to the elevator on the metro and held the door for a lady walking a few feet behind me. Once we get to the second level, we exited the elevator and went our separate ways. I then headed toward the next elevator only to find the same lady there holding the doors open for me.
"You're not from here, are you?” she asked.
A little embarrassed, I replied, "No, I'm not - I'm from Kansas. How could you tell I wasn't a Washingtonian?"
"You have manners.” she giggled as she waved goodbye.
If having manners is what sets me apart from the crowd, I am honored, as always to be different. I think it’s important that we always remember that we are ambassadors to the communities we represent, and that our actions matter just as much as our words.