OOOH I have a great one for this.
I am a co-chair for a young professionals board associated with a major Seattle attraction. A few weeks ago, the Board of Trustees had their annual retreat. My co-chair and the chair of my YP board were invited to participate in the full weekend of board meetings and strategic planning. Huge deal, as there are countless people who have shaped the PNW and their industries in the room. o.O
Everyone was allowed to bring a guest, and the guests were allowed to participate in all of the meetings. At the very first meeting – not even 10 minutes into the weekend – we’re asked to introduce our guests. I brought my SO with me, and he’s sitting right next to me. I get handed the microphone and …
INTRODUCE MYSELF WITH HIS LAST NAME.
I was going to say my name and his name, but wires crossed and I introduced myself with his last name. The whole room went up in jocularity and chuckles, as well as a few jokes as to whether we had neglected to inform folks about our recent engagement. We’re not married, not planning on getting married, and aren’t engaged. And that’s OK. We’ve had plenty of pressure, but we’re happy as we are.
Turns out that even though I wanted to hide under the table and dig myself a hole into the middle of the Earth, it was a pretty darn good ice breaker for him, as he knew fewer folks in the room.
So, whoops. We’ll hear about this one for a while. (I think I was up to 16-20 mentions in 48 hours by the end of the Retreat.)