I was on a business trip to Sweden, our meeting started at 8.30am and was an all day meeting – really important client and possibly the deciding meeting as to whether they would spend £1000’s with us or not.
I got up early only to find I didnt have a shirt with me, all I had was the old t-shirt i had slept in and a suit. No problem I thought I will nip to the local shopping centre and buy one. Only when I got there I discovered in Sweden a lot of shops don’t open until 10am.
I decided to walk out of the shopping centre and head onto the main street. There was a glass revolving door onto the high street and as I approached it a couple came through the other way towards me. He was easily 80 if not older, she was about 12 and lets just say I think he bought her on the internet, so I was kind of staring opened mouthed in a polite way as you do, at them, and promptly walked smack into the glass revolving door. Another almighty crack (like when with D in trailer see earlier post) and blood splatters all down my t-shirt, I kind of yelp in pain and then do the good old ‘that wasnt me oh i just walked into a door but i am fine’ reassuring smile to everyone around me then promptly burst into tears.
There were lots of people in the shopping centre, and ok in hindsight i looked like a bit of an old tramp – suit trousers, mouldy just slept in t-shirt with blood down it, trousers dragging on floor as not put my killer business heels on yet. No make up, hair not brushed, I tried to talk to a few people to ask for help but they just looked at me in alarm and dragged their children away from me like i was going to hurt them. Everyone appeared to have forgotten how to speak English, i found a chemist and had to queue for the till where I frantically pointed at my nose and the blood but all i got was a tissue and ‘escorted’ out of the shop!
In the end I had to go to the meeting with a bloody nose, a black eye (slowly forming) in my ‘sleep’ t-shirt and suit. And endure a day with them feeling very sorry for myself. The flight back was agony with the pressure, and i took myself off to the local A&E when i landed to be told I had indeed broken my nose (was fast tracked – they know me pretty well there!)
DOH! Good news was I got the sympathy vote and got the deal 🙂