I’m on my way to Paramaribo, Suriname (South America) to give a presentation and one of the layovers is in Miami. I sit next to a guy and we start talking about his business. As we talk, we exchange cards and I look at his last name.
Me: "Hey I know a guy with this last name."
Him: "Really? Not too common."
Me: "Yeah, his name was Robert"
Him: "In Phoenix?"
Him: "That’s my brother!"
Me: "Get out!"
Him: "Works for Intel."
Me: "Yeah, that’s him!"
Me: "YEAH! Glasses?"
What are the odds that I would sit next to a guy whose brother is a former coworker? Oh, and this guy was flying stand-by! Had we not exchange business cards, we never would have known. I wonder how many people we see and meet every day and don’t know that we have something in common or know someone in common.