I was in the airport VIP lounge en-route to Seattle a couple of weeks ago.
While in there, I noticed Bill Gates sitting comfortably in the corner, enjoying a drink.
I was meeting a very important client who was also flying to Seattle, but she was running a little bit late.
Well, being a straightforward kind of guy, I approached the Microsoft ex-chairman, introduced myself, and said, “Mr. Gates, I wonder if you would do me a favor?”
“Yes?” he asked.
“I’m sitting right over there,” Pointing to my seat at the bar, I continued,… “And I’m waiting for a very important client. Would you be so kind when she arrives as to come walk by and just say,… ‘Hi Tom?’”
“Sure,” Bill agreed, with a kind smile.
I shook his hand and thanked him and went back to my seat.
About ten minutes later, my client showed up. We ordered a drink and we started to talk business.
A couple of minutes later, I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Bill Gates. “Hi, Tom,” he said.
“Shut up Bill, I’m in a meeting.”