Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Well, after successfully spreading the Spark with my family and friends over the past several weeks, I assumed that I was ready to spread my wings in public. While I ultimately did get to spread the Spark message today, it was at the cost of a faux pas.
This afternoon, when I went to have lunch at a local take out place called "Zoup," I took the advice of Spark and researched the online nutritional information before I left. That worked out really well for me because as soon as I arrived, I already knew what I was going to order. In line ahead of me, a customer was trying to make a decision on which soup to choose and she asked me which one was my favorite. I told her while the Lobster Bisque was my favorite, I was going to choose the Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee because when I looked up the nutritional information online, I found out that my Lobster favorite had twice as many calories and three times the fat! She was impressed that Zoup had the nutritional information online and told me that two of her employees were on Weight Watchers and they would find that information useful.
Yes! A genuine opportunity to spread the Spark! We talked for a few short minutes about the Spark website before she gave the cashier her order. Then, after she had finished paying for her order, I handed her one of those Spark business cards that we can print out for just such an occasion! But, here's the faux pas - she looks at it hard for a second and then hands it over to the cashier saying, "Isn't this nice!" And, I'm thinking, "Wow, she's already spreading the spark!" OMG! NO! She thinks that I've just handed her a Zoup discount card! Okay, NOW it's AWKWARD! As the three of us back-tracked and stumbled over our words, she states that she'll pass the card to her employees.
And the next time I'm looking for an opportunity to spread the Spark, I'll make sure my timing is better!