It was a warm spring Sunday night and Liz could feel a Monday morning dread descending. She worked in sales support for a European company. She loved her job and was good at it but she knew the upcoming week would be a hard one. Two people in her department were on vacation and a Vice President was coming in from overseas. She brushed her brown long hair until it gleamed and climbed into bed. She set her alarm early so she would have extra time to look her best tomorrow. She smiled to herself when she thought of the new blue suit she had picked up at the mall yesterday.
The morning was even more hectic that Liz thought it would be. There was going to be a new product launched in 30 days and Liz had to make sure the distributors would have samples shipped to them in time for the new roll out. Liz was finalizing the shipping schedule and was rushing to the copier so she could share the plan with her team.
She was proofreading as she walked and ran smack into a handsome man that she had not seen before. Her papers flew everywhere and the guy said, “Hello, I’m Mike. This is my first day here.” Liz blushed and held out her hand. “Hello, I’m Liz and I don’t always run into people.” Mike helped her pick up her papers and waited until Liz had finished making her copies.
Liz headed out for her lunch of salad and tea and thought about Mike. She was glad she was wearing her new outfit and hoped he didn’t think she was total klutz. He had an amazing dimple She review her meeting notes for the new product rollout and prepared a few talking points for her metting with the Vice President.
Liz got in her car and it refused to start. She started to tear up. Not today! She opened her hood and jiggled a few wires. Nothing. She leaned over to see if anything was obviously wrong and promptly got a stain on her new suit. Oh just what she needed. Way to impress people.
Mike pulls up beside her and asks if he can help. Liz replied “Could you give me a lift back to the office?” “I’ll call AAA and have them tow my car.” Mike replied “I’ll be happy to give you a ride.”
When the afternoon meeting started the new Vice President was introuduced and who should it be but Mike. Liz was mortified. She must look like a complete fool. But when the meeting got to the new rollout Liz was able to suggest a shipping schedule that would have the new product to the distributors without paying overnight freight charges by working from the ones farthest away to the ones closest.
After the meeting Mike asks Liz to stay a minute. He smiled and said “I’m going to be in the United States for the next few years. Do you think we could discuss this rollout over dinner Friday night?”